Great Holiday Gift – Help Your Parents Get Off Junk Mail Lists.

December 4, 2009 3 Comments

Know what your parents could really use this year for a holiday gift? Help stemming the flow of junk mail and credit card offers that stuff up their mailbox day after day! There are a lot of people out there who just toss this stuff every day, not knowing that there are steps that they could take to reduce or eliminate all that wasted paper. Maybe this is the time for you to teach them how! I would think that you would have to help them and not just do it for them, as it would probably be against some law somewhere. But sitting down and walking them through all these websites could really help out:

Catalog Choice – Stop receiving catalogs from companies you would never buy anything from.

DirectMail – Stop the junk mail and advertisements.

OptOutPrescreen – Stop credit card offers.

DMA Consumers – Another direct mail list to remove yourself from.

Do Not Mail – Petition site to create a national Do Not Mail registry.

Stop the Pennysaver – This is how I finally stopped receiving this useless paper!

If we could all help just one person out and stop that much more mail, it could really have an effect on how much paper we use and throw away each year. It is estimated that destroying forests just for junk mail is equal to the greenhouse gases created by over 9 million cars. For catalogs alone we use 3.6 million tons of paper and 53 million trees. So this holiday season, give the gift that keeps on giving – no more junk mail!

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After a varied past of being a test driver for automotive television programs, a Hollywood studio lackey, and an online media sales director, David is now the publisher and editor of The Good Human. In his spare time he rides motorcycles, drinks good beer, and builds stuff in the garage. You can follow him on Twitter at @thegoodhuman or G+ at Google
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Comments (3)

  1. Julie Urlaub says:

    Great resources! I’m a big fan of going paperless and it’s great to have these resources available to do just that. Thank you!

  2. spagiftbaskets says:

    This is really a great idea. I hate to see my mailbox full of all those advertisements. It is sad to see so many wastages. This Holiday season we decided not to use any wrapping papers and gift boxes. Only use gift bags that can be recycled.

    Thanks for sharing :)

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