Is your mailbox frequently overflowing with unwanted and sometimes rather random catalogs? Welcome to the club. Not only can this be a nuisance, but also these unwanted catalogs take a heavy toll on our natural resources. Opting out of getting these mailings saves resources and reduces waste with minimal effort on your part.
According to the National Resources Defense Council, Americans alone receive 19 billion catalogs every year, the equivalent of 53 million trees. Yes, catalogs are recyclable (phew!), but that’s an extraordinary amount of paper, water, and energy wasted to manufacture and transport a free catalog most people ultimately dispose of before they even look at them. Especially at a moment in time when more and more of us prefer the convenience of shopping online and receive paperless email alerts for new products and sales.
Just say no to getting any more unwanted catalogs! All you need to do is to remove your name from the mailing lists of any catalogs you don’t want. Opting-out can be a tedious and time-consuming task to tackle on your own. Fortunately, there are several free and paid services available that make it easy—and actually kind of fun—to bid farewell to catalogs.
If there is are some you do want to receive, consider browsing online instead. Your mailbox may be a bit lonely, but the trees will thank you!