Wow! I have some really great traveling companions on the journey towards sustainability. Who knew there were so many blogging bohemians out there?
We'll start with an easy tip that is bound to have dramatic results in about thirty days. Are you tired of junk mail? Does most of your mail go from the mail box to the recycling bin (after spending a few days cluttering your kitchen counter)? Inspired by Amy at Diary of a Domestic Animal, I have debulked my mailbox. I called 1-888-5OPTOUT to remove my name from the mailing lists of the major credit reporting agencies. I created an account at http://www.catalogchoice.org/ to reduce the number of catalogs cluttering my counter top.
Taking the debulking process one step further, I search for phone numbers on incoming mail and make one or two phone calls a day to remove my address from mailing lists of repair shops, real estate agents, car dealerships, and other businesses that solicit by mail. It takes a few extra minutes, but down the road I will save time by not having to go through large stacks of unnecessary mail.
Of course I won't be able to stop the delivery of all junk mail, but I can always use paper for worm bedding, paper mache, or starting fires come winter. I look forward to the day when the mail box is empty more often than not. I can save a few trees and a few steps for our postman Randall, and there is the added benefit of not having to see a real estate agent in white pants. Someone really should tell her you can see right through them.