Junk is in the title


Welcome to our month long buy less plan! Read here to get caught up on what’s going on.

Day: 18

Product: Here’s another product we don’t want anyway. Junk mail. We don’t want junk mail.

Sure, it’s easy enough to throw away, but every step along that piece of mail’s life is a waste. If we can convince advertisers to stop sending it in the first place, everyone would be better off.

I did some quick internet searches and found some scary statistics on junk mail. It’s killing trees and wasting water and filling landfills and it’s really just horrible.


If you take the average US tank… and divide the total weight of paper from junk mail by that number, you find that junk mail produced each year weighs the same as over 15,000 tanks.”

This time of year marketers are in overdrive, there’s no better time to assess and change our ways.

I found lots of sign ups out there for limiting junk mail but I’m not going to suggest any because I’m not familiar with any personally. You’ll have to search yourself and try out what you think is best and let me know.

Or you can just do it the old fashioned way. When a catalog or request for a donation or a credit card offer arrives, just call the 800 number and ask to be removed from the mailing list. At first this will be a daunting task, but it will pay off big in the long run.

Reason to buy less: Time is limited. Time spent on multiple collections (most people have collections of EVERYTHING. Right now, tell me, how many office binders do you have? More than one? It’s a collection.) is wearying and wasted. Time to go do something apart from the stuff.

Suggestion: When you are contemplating a purchase, take the time to stop and think of where you will store it if you were to buy it.

“I don’t know, I’ll find a place when I get it home” is not a good choice.

Will that new blender have to go on the kitchen counter? Is your closet already overflowing?

Sometimes our current self is tickled pick about a product but our future self is not too keen on keeping an item.

Consult your future self and realize that future self will be spending much more time with your purchase than current self will. Weigh the response accordingly.

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