Thursday, February 28, 2008

If Only I Had Known about This Eco-Friendly Site

So I write this column, "Green Like Me", for
Primal Parenting, and in the Spring issue my column will be about catalog waste. I won't let you know what I say in the column. You can go to their website and subscribe if you really want to know.

But, I will say this. If I had known about a website I stumbled upon today, Catalog Choice, the footwork for my column would have been a lot easier. What a fantastic site! 

Here is their mission statement:

The mission of Catalog Choice is to reduce the number of repeat and unsolicited catalog mailings, and to promote the adoption of sustainable industry best practices. We aim to accomplish this by freely providing the Catalog Choice services to both consumers and businesses. Consumers can indicate which catalogs they no longer wish to receive, and businesses can receive a list of consumers no longer wanting to receive their catalogs.

Basically, you register - which is very easy - then you can type in the name of any catalog that you receive that you don't want, and if the catalog is in their system, you can ask to have the delivery discontinued. If the catalog is not in their system, you can suggest that it be added. They say it should take about ten weeks before you stop receiving the catalogs that you discontinued.

If you don't think you get a lot of catalogs, you may not be right. I thought I received about 25 catalogs (which I thought was a lot), but in reality, I was receiving catalogs from 60 plus companies. 

Please take a minute to check out the Catalog Choice website.
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Carly said...

Great post on Catalog Choice.

I wanted to give you a heads-up on another great Web site that I thought your readers would find interesting and help them de-clutter their mailboxes and simplify their lives.

Its called, a free, easy-to-use site that gives you the ability to remove yourself from the most commonly used marketing lists in a matter of minutes!

Who knew that Americans receive nearly four million tons of junk mail each year and the average consumer can be on thousands of marketing mailing lists at any time? We are flooded with unwanted advertisements, credit card offers and political propaganda, which can bury the mail we are looking for…not to mention create a drain on the environment.

Take care,
Carly VanDyke

Robin Shreeves said...

Thanks for the info Carly.

Readers - I took a quick look at the site. It looks as if it's worth checking out, too. I googled the company, and I couldn't find anything negative written about it.

Allie said...

Wow! These are great resources. I use the catalogs I get to make cards, etc. But I still have way too many and would love to stop the flow.

Robin Shreeves said...

Allie - glad to steer you in the right direction!