Cancel Your Junk Mail

5th Govember 2019

How frustrating is it when you hear the postman at the door and get excited that you might have a delivery, card or that long-awaited summoning to Hogwarts, for it to just be a pile of junk mail?! Not only is junk mail a massive disappointment, but it's also a huge environmental burden.


Every year, around 650 pieces of junk mail will pass through your letterbox and inevitably end up going straight in your bin. In fact, over 40% of all junk mail will go to the landfill, unopened! This is such a waste of valuable trees (a massive 100,000,000 each year), ink, petrol and time.


There are a few ways that you can reduce the amount of junk mail you receive which will be more convenient for you and is so much better for the environment. The most simple change you can make is to add a 'no junk mail' sign to your letterbox. The more people with this sign on their letterbox, the lower the demand for junk mail.


Of course, a sign can't physically stop the post coming through, so it's often better the cancel junk mail at the source. You can contact companies directly to unsubscribe from their mailing list or sign up to the mailing preference service (MPS), which will remove you from 95% of all mailing lists.


You can also download an app called 'PaperKarma', which allows you to just take a picture of junk mail and they will unsubscribe you from receiving any more in the future.


Come back tomorrow for information on reusable coffee cups.

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