09 December 2010

Kick junk mail to the snow covered curb this holiday season

I am astounded at the amount of junk mail I get at my door each day. Every day.

Each time I toss another 12 page ad flier in the recycling bin, I can’t help but wonder how I can just eliminate them in the first place. I don’t shop at the stores that offer coupons, I am a renter and no I don’t want my windows, gutters, shingles, siding, or carpets replaced. I just want to ask Mr. Brown, our postman, to stop giving me these. Can’t he just get rid of them for me?

How about this.

41pounds.org contacts dozens of those direct mail companies on your behalf and they remove you from their marketing lists. The service covers everyone in your household for a total of $41 for 5 years—that’s only $8.20 a year or 70 cents per month. In my case, there are four adults residing in my current place, and if we each pitched in $10.25 there would be no more junk mail for us. Additionally, $15.00 from the total $41 is donated to an environmental or community organization of your choice including Outward Bound, Habitat for Humanity, American Forests, and others.

41pounds.org is named for the amount of junk mail that the average American adult receives every year. That means my home gets 164lbs of crap that we throw directly into the recycling bin or garbage each year. It’s important to remember that the ink used in those fliers, catalogues, and credit card offers contain high concentrations of heavy metals. And even if you’re one of those people who think it’s okay to throw it out because paper’s compostable—40% of the junk in our landfills is paper and cardboard. That’s not okay.

Since the organization was founded in 2006 by three brothers, 41pounds.org has stopped more than 12 million pounds of junk mail from being produced and has donated over $250,000 to nonprofits.

It’s always time to be conscious but this holiday season you can show your love by visiting 41pounds.org and purchasing this service as a gift for a friend or loved one—and following the same theme, consider sending an email to the recipient to inform them of the gift.

Kelly Beth | @veganbotanicals
Kelly Beth is a smiley vegan herbalist and wanderer, and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with her fiancé and kitty (kitty face). She created twig & leaf botanicals, a vegan & organic herbal apothecary 3 years ago to bring healthy, plant-based alternatives to mainstream medicine and home care. Follow Kelly Beth on her blog and Facebook.

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