The Average American receive 41 pounds of junk mail a year, 44% of which goes straight to the landfill completely unopened.
Aside from being a complete nuisance, junk mail and direct marketing mailers contribute to the destruction of our environment.
If you’re sick of throwing out mail unopened, there are a few ways you can manage the situation.
- BE PROACTIVE! Be selective with who knows your mailing address and don’t put your personal information out in public.
- Contact the Direct Marketing Association, and sign up to opt out of receiving mail you don’t want.
- Sign up for one of the many paid/free services such as 41pounds.org to further stem unwanted mail
- If you have gigantic piles of junk mail already, consider purchasing a paper log maker and turning unwanted mail into fuel for your next campfire. If you don’t have the money, DIY applications are also a possibility.
I don’t know about you but I’ve got enough people/places/things clamoring for my attention. Why not stop the flow of garbage into landfills and clear out your mailbox at the same time.