Archive for January, 2009

Junk Mail and Phone Books

January 3, 2009

Want to reduce your resource consumption this year? Why not start by eliminating your junk mail and those mammoth door stops phone books?

You can call the companies sending you mail and request that they stop. Or you can sign up with an enterprise such as Green Dimes to have them do the work of eliminating junk mail.

You can also sign up for Green Dimes’ petition to ban junk mail.

For more information on stopping junk mail, check out the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

(how is that for a screwy economic system—you have to take time and effort to request that resources not be used on your behalf!)

For the phone book, has a sign-up page to terminate the yearly delivery of books. If you don’t trust them, Olivia Zaleski recommends a series of steps to stop Dex from showing up on your doorstep.

How long has it been since you’ve responded to unsolicited mail. For that matter, how long has it been since you’ve solicited physical mail? And if you spend enough time on the internet to waste it on blogs like this, you probably don’t bother cracking the book when you need to find a phone number. So it’s a step towards a more sustainable life without any sacrifice. Seems like a no-brainer.