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Casa Verde: Banish Junk Mail

If you want to get your home so fresh and so clean this month, don't stop with simply scrubbing surfaces. You can limit the amount of garbage coming into your home by cutting off the supply of fliers, catalogs, and other junk mail that often floods mailboxes.

Want to know how? Just


Here are some smart, easy fixes for junk-mail issues:

  • Just say no to catalogs: Catalogs often report your purchases to Abacus, which is owned by a company that profits by selling or renting your information to other catalog companies and publishers. You can stop more catalogs from coming your way by writing to with your name and address.
  • Cut Off Solicitations : Did you know that companies often sell your personal spending information to credit bureaus, which then compile information based on consumer characteristics and rent this information out to marketers, credit card companies, and insurance industries? The result: unsolicited junk flooding your mailbox. Call (888-567-8688) to tell the credit bureaus to stop renting out your info.
  • Take Action Hop on over to the ForestEthics' site to sign a petition to stop junk mail.
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Join The Conversation
emalove emalove 9 years
Thanks for this! I get more junk mail than you can imagine.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 9 years
Love this, great advice!
0danielle0 0danielle0 9 years
Great, thanks. Junk mail seriously angers me. My paper recycling bin fills up so quickly, and almost all of it is junk mail. Ugh.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i love getting tips like this. it's like the one for renewing the 'do not call' list which expired this year i believe. i HATE getting nonsensical mail that really is just a waste so if i can stop it then i will!
nancita nancita 9 years
Great tips. I complain every time a catalog arrives, but perhaps I should just take action and stop them all. Also, I've noticed a lot of my junk bulk mailings, like credit card offers, have numbers you can call to opt out. I've done it a few times and it has worked.
vanillabeans vanillabeans 9 years
Just did it - thanks! Les trash to take out every week hopefully.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I called the 888 #, it's easy just time consuming and you have to keep repeating things since it's automated.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 9 years
I just started using this site, have yet to see if it works well:
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Thanks, I will be doing this today.
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