Junk mail clutters up the homes and recycling bins of almost everyone I know. An endless stream of “Buy this! Refinance that!” bombards us every time we open the mail box.
If you can set aside a half hour, you can stop almost all of that junk today.
When I was a kid, mail time was my favorite time of day.
Running out to the mailbox, digging through to find something addressed to me, or just playing with the junk mail.
Now mail time seems to consist mostly of people trying to sell me stuff I don’t need, and bills.
Definitely not the exciting time it used to be.
Unfortunately, companies haven’t yet gotten the memo that no one likes junk mail (except my 1 year old) and they just keep on sending it.
And it keeps piling up in my recycling bin (or on my countertop).
Now, it is recyclable, which is good. However, if we could step in before they even print it out that’d be even better! It’ll save time, energy, money and a little bit of the planet.
The problem is, figuring out how to get out of all of those mailings!
There are a few different ways to opt out of junk mail.
For general junk mail, you can use DMAchoice to manage what shows up in your mailbox.
If you want those credit card offers to stop showing up (for the environment or your finances) you can opt out here.
You can write “return to sender” on any junk mail envelope that says “return service requested”, “forwarding service requested”, “address service requested”, or “change service requested” and put it back in your mailbox. Hopefully that’ll send them the message!
Anything you don’t know what to do with, you can always try giving the company a call to get removed or looking at the website.
Warning: it can take up to 90 days for the mail you opt out of actually stop. Some things are already in production, already on the way out, etc. While it might take a while to see results, they’re coming!
This one isn’t complicated, if you’re receiving physical bills still, go digital! Every time this month you receive a bill, make a point to go to their website and figure out how to opt into digital bills.
It’ll save paper, and you can get your bill on the go so you don’t have to worry about missing something important. It especially comes in handy on our travels.
This month doesn’t just have to be about mail either.
It’s also the perfect time to take a look at the other ways you use paper.
- Could you use both sides of paper instead of just the one?
- Switch to a digital list making system?
- Use digital tickets instead of having to print them out?
So, this month, keep an eye on that mail box and all of the paper that comes in and out of your house. If you don’t want to get it, make sure it doesn’t show up again!
If you want to see what that 30 minutes of work can do, check out my follow up post where I show a before pile and an after.
This is just one part of our journey to Waste-less.
If you want to start at the beginning, here are the rest of the posts in our series:
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