Friday, February 4, 2011

Plastic-Free February: Day 4

You've got mail. (Sorry I couldn't resist.)

Did you know that the average household receives 224 pieces of junk mail each year? Half a million tonnes of unwanted mail is generated in the UK and it takes 3,300,000 trees to produce it! 

We try to arrange most of our bills and catalogs for online delivery to cut down on paper waste. But I didn't ever notice the amount of plastic wrap that does come through our mailbox. This picture was all the mail from today - 3 pieces wrapped in plastic! In my quest to go plastic-free, I guess I need to take a look at the whole picture. (And just be okay with trying my best!!) But there are a few things you can do to help reduce all the mail you receive:

  • Get a "No commercial leaflets" sticker for your postbox. You can usually find these from your local council or you can even make your own. 
  • Register your details with the Mail Preference Service. This service will remove your name and address from 95% of mailing lists. Registration can take up to four months to have full effect and will last until you cancel it.
  • And don't forget that most magazines can be read online -- as you can arrange to pay for online subscriptions for most every magazine.
Any other tips for reducing the amount of mail that comes through your mailbox?

    No comments:

    Post a Comment