Saturday, August 9, 2008

Declining snail-mail catalogs -- a great hobby!

There is a great service called Catalog Choice, where you can sign up to be removed from catalog mailing lists on-line, instead of doing each one over the phone (as I've been doing for months now). You can receive a catalog in the mail, log into Catalog Choice and discontinue that catalog specific subscription. You can also search for companies you know are currently sending you mailings and discontinue them preemptively. They have a large list of companies, and if you happen to receive a catalog that they don't have yet there is a "suggest a catalog" option as well.

From the site:

The Catalog Choice community is presently 971,612 persons strong, having already opted out of 12,792,093 catalogs.

Did you know?

Each year, 19 billion catalogs are mailed to American consumers.
What’s the impact?

* Number of trees used – 53 million trees
* Pounds of paper used – 3.6 million tons of paper
* Energy used to produce this volume of paper – 38 trillion BTUs, enough to power 1.2 million homes per year
* Contribution to global warming – 5.2 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equal to the annual emissions of two million cars
* Waste water discharges from this volume of paper – 53 billion gallons of water, enough to fill 81,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools

Environmental impact estimates were made using the Environmental Defense paper calculator.

Enjoy slimming down the garbage/recycling stream intentionally,


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