Reducing Trash: OPT OUT of All That Junk Mail!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

So a brand new year has begun and there are many resolutions & goals we’re all busy jotting down. Resolutions & goal setting does get a bad rap sometimes, but who doesn’t want their lives to be just a little better than the year before?

One of my goals is to stop the mountain of junk mail from coming into our home. It’s not good for the environment and not good for me either. Heck it’s not even good for the advertiser since I’ll not be buying their product.

So these days I’m more keenly focused on stopping that junk from hitting my mailbox in the first place. Thankfully it’s easy. Come see how I do it.

I hate junk mail. A Lot! So these days I'm more keenly focused on stopping that junk from hitting my mailbox in the first place. Thankfully it's easy. Come see How. #TexasHomesteader

I don’t do resolutions since they’re typically so hard to complete.  Read my New Year’s Goals Steps to see what I do instead. But today I’m focusing on one of the all-year-long goals I have – stopping junk mail. Maybe you’d like to do the same?

I hate junk mail. A Lot. Sure you can typically recycle it, but it’s disheartening how much recycling actually ends up in the landfill even after being sent off to be recycled.

Plus it’s a colossal financial waste for those advertising companies as well. I’m never going to buy their goods anyway. No one wins with this one.

Accumulate Your Junkmail

I can do this every day if I want, and often I do if I have the time. But it’s even easier if I bring in any junk mail from the mailbox and toss it in a drawer or out-of-the way basket.

Then at the end of each month I have a reminder in my online calendar reminding me to OPT OUT from all of those pieces of junk mail. Since I have that online reminder, I receive an email reminding me at the end of each month.

Now it’s go time!

Quick Copy/Paste Request

I pull out that basket and do a quick google search “[name of company] contact us” for each piece of junk mail and BOOM! Google brings up a link. I click & email each of these companies the same copy/paste message.

That message basically says we must pay to dispose of our trash and for environmental reasons I respectfully request to OPT OUT of any promotional mail from them or any of their affiliates. Then I include the address information shown on their label, including any codes they might show that would help identify the mailing for them.

I ask them to confirm to me when my request has been completed. I send a copy of this email  to myself as well. My copy sits in my inbox until they respond.  Oh no, you know I’m not gonna just forget about it!

Easy 2nd Request Reminder

If they don’t respond in a reasonable time I hit REPLY ALL (so I get an updated copy as well) and send it again with ‘2nd request, please respond’ on top. That usually does it.

When they send the opt-out confirmation I’ll trash my copy of the email and file their confirmation in a mailbox I’ve titled OPT OUT.

If somewhere down the road I begin to get their junk mail again (not probable but it has happened before) I can forward their confirmation back to them and ask where things have fallen through the cracks. That usually fixes things for good!

So if you’re wanting to give Mother Nature a big, wet kiss on the mouth this year & stop junk mail from accumulating at your house too, give this a try. It’s EASY!


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2 thoughts on “Reducing Trash: OPT OUT of All That Junk Mail!

  1. Dawn

    I had no idea that you could do this. I just cleaned off about a weeks worth of mail sitting on my table and only needed 2 items out of the 30 plus items. Junk mail has really gotten out of control. Thanks for the information. Your ideas are always wonderful and have put many of them in to practice in my home.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      You’re right, Dawn – junk mail really has gotten out of control! Many (like me) not only don’t want to deal with junk mail, but don’t want it sent to them in the first place. For me it’s an environmental thing. Plus those advertisers are wasting their efforts & expense on me anyway. Since I’m pretty diligent about opting out, our mailbox is often empty. Most of our bills are electronic and junk mail received is almost zero. Love it! ~TxH~


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