Goody Green: Go Paperless
This month the credit card offers, catalogs, and bills seemed to be taking over my kitchen table at a faster speed than usual so I decided I needed to put an end to this unnecessary paper clutter for good! Because, truth is, as much as I recycle from the mailbox, there's the fact that I still feel responsible for wasting trees and energy by allowing the miscellaneous mail to get to me in the first place.
So I made a few phone calls to opt out of catalogs (which always seem to reappear after the holidays) and I switched the last of my bills and statements to electronic versions. After putting in a couple of hours I felt a bit relieved, and a bit exhausted from looking up phone numbers and waiting on hold listening to mind-dulling elevator music.
Luckily, for those of you who don't have time or patience there is a quicker way to take care of this process – Green Dimes (which I will most definitely be taking advantage of once the junk mail starts to roll back in). For $20 a year, Green Dimes lets you select the catalogs you want to receive, monitors your mail monthly, and they plant 5 trees just for signing up. But whether you enroll in a program or clean up your mailbox on your own, know you are helping the environment – one piece of junk mail at a time!