You walk in the door after a long days work a bit aggravated from sitting in traffic the past hour.  You dig in the depths of your pocket to find the keys to your mailbox… finally get the right one, open up your box and… Boom! The sucker’s full!!!  You sift through the mail and of the nine items, only two are worth keeping…. Welcome home!

I imagine I’m not alone when voicing my displeasure for junk mail.  The idea of being fed large amounts of waste against ones will on a daily basis shouldn’t sit well with anyone… but there’s nothing we can do about it, right?  WRONG y’all!  GreenDimes is here, and they will stop up to 90% of your junk mail!

GreenDimes is a program that cuts you off from direct marketing lists.  For a $20 fee, they will eliminate unwanted mail for everyone in your household, keep you up to date with quarterly progress reports and, check this out, plant 10 trees in your name!  If you move or are enjoying your junk-free mailbox, you can refresh your account for $10/yr.

Let’s put this junk mail thing into perspective… here are some facts to chew on:

-More than 100 million trees worth of bulk mail arrive in American mail boxes each year.
-The production and disposal of direct mail consumes more energy than 3 million cars and wastes 28 billion gallons of water.
-In 2005, 5.8 million tons of catalogs and other direct mailings ended up in the U.S. municipal solid waste stream – enough to fill over 450,000 garbage trucks.
-You waste about 70 hours a year dealing with junk mail.
Spending $20 bucks to get rid of junk mail may seem a bit excessive… Considering alternative methods it’s really not that bad of a deal…. If you want to handle things yourself, you generally have to write or call each company independently to get off their list… Gooo!  Here’s a great how-to guide from WikiHow.

Another company, 41pounds (symbolic for how many lbs of junk mail we get a year) can also handle your needs… they offer a similar service to GreenDimes but charge $41 for 5 years.


About Joshua Foss

Joshua is a leading voice for transformational change. He is the editor of Metro Hippie, co-founder and director of development of the Ecala Group, and adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is also an ambassador for the Living Building Challenge and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, trade shows and summits.