Change the World Wednesday challenge was on paper usage. One of the things mentioned was to sign up with catalog choice and start elimination unwanted catalogs in the mail.
Knowing that it would be pretty easy to do this via Catalog Choice I've been making the effort to do so. So far I only have two catalogs that I've requested to stop being sent to my house via this website. Two isn't much, but it's better than non. It's also the only two that we've received. haha! You need info from the catalog so I can't go in and request ones that I know we sometimes get until after I've received them.
I like that my account shows how much I'm saving by doing this though. I've saved 1 fully grown tree, 30lbs of greenhouse gas, 71lbs of solid waste, and 11 gallons of water. Not to bad, so far.
I haven't just stopped at Catalog Choice though. I took it a step further. We receive an alumni magazine for the college where Husband got his MBA. He doesn't read it. He doesn't even look at it. When I do the bills on the weekend I put it right in the recycle bin. Well, we received it on Monday and on Tuesday I went online and couldn't find a spot to elect not to receive. So I called the number and requested they stop. They said they would remove his name from the list, but we'll see. Considering how common his name is and they didn't get my address, I'm not so sure this will really happen. I figure I'll give it till the end of the year (I know most places create lists well in advance) and if we are still receiving them I'll try it again.
I also contacted a company that constantly (as in once a week) sends us mail begging for cash/donations. This is a charity that we both agree is worth supporting and we do donate money, but we do it online. So I went to their website and filled out a contact form asking them to remove us from their list since we donate online and don't want the waste of receiving the mailings. I received a personal reply within 24 hours saying they would remove us from the mailing list.
I'm feeling pretty good about this! I know it can be time consuming doing all this, but if I remember to save the mail as it comes and do it when I have time, little by little I'll be able to get the junk mail to a minimum.