Mail and the Role it Plays in Clutter
Since we’re on the topic of clutter, I have to share with you that after years of working to remove our names and my parent’s names from catalog mailing lists, I’m still spending time doing it.
As I’ve shared before, my mother’s mail was forwarded to us after her death and yes, after nearly 30 years after his death, we even received a solicitation for life insurance – of all things – for my dad.
As Gail commented on the Living Large Facebook page, in a small home, there just is no room for yesterday’s mail to be lying around, so we’ve done what we can to eliminate all unnecessary junk mail from our lives.
One of the ways we’ve found is a great service that anyone who wants removed from catalogs should look into.
It’s Catalog Choice, a free, one-stop service that allows you to remove your name and address (or anyone’s name at your address) from catalog mailing lists.
I was a little frustrated this week when I went to input requests for two catalogs that I had requested stop sending us mail in 2009, but I guess companies have short memories.
When I went to Catalog Choice, which I hadn’t had to do for a few months, I noticed the website has added a new counter.
The counter not only tells us the total environmental impact made by Catalog Choice subscribers, but also our individual impact.
Here’s what it totaled yesterday:
- Trees saved: 734.314, two of which I’ve saved with my choices.
- 305,828,417 pounds of greenhouses gasses saved. My contribution to that: 788
- 108,412,096 pounds of solid waste, I saved 280 pounds.
- 736,539,567 gallons of water. My contribution: 1,896
I love the fact that Catalog Choice is not only helping me eliminate catalog clutter from our lives, but also showing us that our choices are also making a difference on the earth.
What is the piece of clutter that drives you craziest? Have you acted to eliminate “junk” mail and if not, would getting the statistics on how you’re helping the environment motivate you more?