Junk Mail, Be Gone


    Clint and I get an endless stream of mail order catalogues.

    Over the years, I have been guilty of signing up or innocently added after a purchase for pounds and pounds of glossy and thick catalogues filled with home furnishings and kitchen “must-haves”. I like flipping through these catalogues to ensure I am current with the latest trends.

    Finally, Clint called me on it. My catalogue fetish was cluttering up our kitchen island and not very green. The solution, he suggested, was  Catalog Choice (www.catalogchoice.org/).

    Catalog Choice is a free service that allows you to manage catalogue subscriptions in one location. As noted on their website it “is a sponsored project of the Ecology Center. It is endorsed by the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resources Defense Council, and funded by the Overbrook Foundation, the Merck Family Fund, and the Kendeda Fund.”

    There are other tools online, but we found this tool to be the easiest to use with a great web interface.

    For the last several weeks I have been weaning myself off of this addiction. Thank goodness for the online presence of some of my favorite shops and Adobe PDF.

    For preventing telemarketers from calling you, check out the National Do Not Call Registry. This tool gives citizens the option to opt out of telemarketing calls.

    Both the Catalog Choice and National Do Not Call Registry are free services.

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