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? 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 – maybe you do too?
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.
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.
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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- Repurposing Empty Coffee Containers
- Denim Repurposed Into Fun Crafts
- 5 Zero-Waste Products We Love
- Easily Reduce Or Eliminate Junkmail
- Making Your Own Pourable Sugar Jar
- Paper Napkins In A Paperless Kitchen
- Repurposing A Parmesan Cheese Lid
- Zero-Waste Hygiene
- Natural Cleaning – Homemade Laundry Detergent
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