I’ve never been a big fan of junk mail for several reasons: they clog up my mailbox, they are wasteful and environmentally very unfriendly, and they are an intrusion on my privacy. A few years ago, I found out a friend of mine became a victim of identity theft after her junk mail (unsolicited credit card offer to be more exact) was stolen, and ever since then I’ve become a staunch opponent of spam mail. I even went as far as returning the enclosed “no postage necessarily” envelopes stuffed with the original content of the mail. I figured it was a great way for them to get a taste of their own medicine — receiving junk mail — while at the same time helping to increase the United States Postal Service revenue.

I stopped doing that because even that took too much effort for very little return. After all, my effort was directed at the wrong set of people. Whereas my intention was to frustrate the companies that send out junk mail, I was instead frustrating the workers who were probably paid hourly to open and process the incoming mail. So I decided to search for a more productive way to combat junk mail. To my delight, I found an established movement to create a national “Do Not Mail” registry not unlike the “Do Not Call” registry created five years ago. The movement is sponsored by ForestEthics, an international non-profit organization for positive environmental change.

If you, too, are interested in stopping the harm created and caused by junk mail both at the personal and environmental level, please click here and sign the petition. Together, let’s make our mailbox a safer place for all of us.

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