autumn days

Sunday, September 11, 2011

battle of the junk mail

We all get plenty of junk mail.  I've been thinking a lot recently about the waste of resources and how to put an end to much of it.  The junk mail had been collecting in a pile on the counter for a couple weeks, but when I couldn't stand the stress of anticipating calling all those businesses to ask them to send no more (as suggested here), I tucked it all into the cupboard to deal with later.

Ideally, I'd like to call all the businesses and let them know I'd like to help them save time and money (and paper) by removing me from their mailing list.  Realistically, I am distracted with other tasks.  And I am feeling like the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz when it comes to calling strangers to ask them to do something unusual for me.  While I wait for the gumption and energy to call some of the businesses, I have signed up with Direct Mail to be removed from lists.  This is a site that claims to decrease your mail without having to supply your social security number.  I've made one call so far, to the family vet a couple months after my beloved cat passed away (in their office, no less).  The rest of the mail waits patiently.  By admitting my snail's pace at tackling this growing pile of wasted paper, perhaps I will move a bit quicker to tackle it.

This photo makes the pile look much smaller than it seems to me.

1 comment:

  1. Ahh....those two dreaded words: Junk Mail!! I have been keeping careful track since May who has been sending me stuff and find that some businesses send me one flyer each month! How unnerving---especially those selling cars and cable subscriptions. Grrrr...breathe my friend. Set a goal of calling two each day or something. You'll be surprised how motivated you'll get...