Tuesday, June 9, 2009

One thing for the planet: reduce your junk mail through catalogchoice.org

I just wiped my house clean of Williams-Sonoma. Not that I dislike this heavenly realm of kitchen gadgets and dishes and bake ware, I registered there for my wedding and have a weakness for all things cooking. But I decided there's no need to receive a catalog every week when I can easily pull up their website and shop on line. Nor do I need two copies of Crate and Barrel or three of L.L. Bean. All gone.

How did I do this? Simply go to catalogchoice.org and let them know which catalogs you'd like to stop and they do all the work!


  1. Thanks for this info. I have eliminated a lot of my mail by doing online bill pay but I still get some junk. Such a waste of trees. Going to go register now.

  2. Brilliant! I've used this service for quite awhile and they are always expanding their list of catalogs. I'm happy to say that I haven't received a catalog in months. Yeah! For those that aren't included in this service, I write and/or call the company and request that they take me off their mailing list. Usually works!

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Small Footprints

  3. Rae and Small, I'm glad you found this useful! I get so few catalogs now I'm always surprised when one shows up in my mail box, it really works! Thanks for visiting! -kate

  4. Most of my junk mail stopped when I went to online billing, statements, etc. I still get a little but it goes to recycling. I am going to make a note of this service just in case.

  5. Why is it that I get all my good ideas from you? I am going to see to it right after I post this. Thanks for the award! I'll post that with your help as soon as we can get together. Maybe you can help me get my story headline back too! Face it, I am lost without you. You lead and I will follow.

  6. Excellent service.

    Of course the other way to stop catalogs is to stop buying stuff. When you never respond with an order you're dropped from the list.

    Might take a while though.


  7. Excellent advice Cow, problem is when people send me stuff (i.e. wedding, birth of child, holidays) the companies get my name and address and then I'm inundated with catalogs...a friend just told me they were sending my kid something from LL Bean, so I'm gonna have to go rid my house of that again!

    But I agree, less stuff. I try to get that through to family and friends, I'd rather they give $$ to the kid's college fund....

    Bev - I will send you a jpeg, remind me.

  8. Topiary,
    I think different companies have different policies. I can't ever recall ordering something or receiving a gift from Pottery Barn, but it seems as if I was mailed their catalogs for 8 years or so.


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