Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Stopping the catalog junk mail

I used to receive lots of catalogs. One day I saw the stack of catalogs I'd received that week, and realized the huge amount of waste created by this practice. Some of the retailers were sending me a catalog a week, and I was tossing them straight into the recycle bin.

Think of all the negative steps involved in printing and mailing a catalog: chopping down the tree, the chemicals and power used in creating the paper, the chemicals and power used in printing, and the fuel used to transport the catalog from the printing house to my mailbox. is a FREE service that lets you select which catalogs you want to stop receiving. If you love the Pottery Barn catalog but want to stop receiving the Golf catalog, you can do that.

It takes about 10 weeks for a retailer to stop sending you catalogs. You need to enter the customer code and customer name from the back of each catalog for best results. Also, if you receive multiple copies of a catalog with different versions of your name (or your name and your spouses name), you'll want to enter multiple stop requests.

This is a free and easy way to reduce waste. You can still shop at all these merchants, just do so online.
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