Published on September 19th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Green Living Tip: Cut the Junk Snail Mail
Unneeded junk mail is one of the most annoying things to me, and it’s super not green. Luckily, a number of services have popped up to help you and me (and many more) cut our junk mail. I was contacted by representatives from a few of these companies recently and, while I’m not really sure which to recommend as the best, figured I’d mention all three in a post and see if anyone has more info to share.
Pretty straightforward site… you can change your mailing address on here for free (good to know) and you can pay $15 (every 3 years) to:
- Opt-out of all the major marketing lists
- Create a spam filter for your paper mail
- Prevent unauthorized mailers from accessing your address
This service allows residents to control who can send you unsolicited mail. On Catalog Choice, you can:
- “Control the catalogs, coupons, credit offers, phone books, fliers, circulars, newsletters, and other unsolicited mail you receive” using a handy search (and eliminate) option.
- “Donate $20 or more to Catalog Choice to receive its unlisting service, removing you from lists bought and sold by marketers.”
Similar to the above:
- Receive, manage and store all your postal mail digitally in one place
- Access your postal mail from anywhere at anytime
- View and pay your bills securely from one location
When we posted on Zumbox in the past, had a commenter concerned that in the Terms & Conditions Zumbox says it could change the fee (from free to whatever) at anytime. I imagine that’s standard legal language and nothing to be concerned about, but maybe I’m wrong.
Which do you think is the best option?
Any experience using any of these?