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Junk the Junk Mail

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM


I hate junk mail! Credit card approvals, coupons, leaflets, catalogues, menus, and for some reason I need to insure everything. Aside from never needing earthquake insurance in Charlotte, the environmentalist in me cringles every time I pull down the squeaky mailbox flap.


The internet provides us with all of the solutions, inquiries, and deals we could ever want or need. Thankfully, the internet also has the solution we need to discontinue unsolicited mail. Here's how to junk the junk mail forever: 


  • Opt Out Prescreening. Opt Out offers a free online form that puts you on a do not mail list. You choose to opt out for five years or permanently. Opt Out primarily focuses on national mailings. Visit the https://www.optoutprescreen.com" target="_blank">Opt Out website to look forward to visiting your mailbox again.


  • Do Not Call. I have noticed that many of the companies mailing unsolicited materials are also calling my phone. Prevent junk mail for your ears by filling out a quick form on the https://www.donotcall.gov" target="_blank">Do Not Call website. 

  • Email. If a particular company is persistent, emailing them directly is effective. This tip works especially well for solicited mail that you prefer digital correspondences only: bills, charities, notification, and others.

You might be thinking, "Gee, Queen of Green, that just seems too simple." It is! When I open my mailbox, I see snail mail from the people I love and my latest Netflix adventure. Best of luck junking your junk mail!

Categories: Lifestyle, National, Sustainability

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