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The Green Life: Green Your Junk Mail: Make it Law

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November 11, 2010

Green Your Junk Mail: Make it Law

IStock_000014146166XSmallJunk mail can ruin your day: 5.6 million annual tons of ads choking mailboxes isn't pleasant for mail-getters, and it's even harder on the environment. This week's tips should help you curb the volume of waste piling up in your real-life inbox.

Tip #4: Support the Legislation

In 2008, 18 states were tinkering with laws regarding junk mail. A Vermont legislator, Chris Pearson, actually made it one of his campaign's focal points. While the USPS countered that direct mail was its life blood and helps maintain jobs, it kills 100 million trees each year. Such responses have caused the debate to dwindle to a single voice in Spokane, Washington. However, if you hear of candidates, initiatives, or proposed legislation to reduce junk mail, consider lending them your support.

Tell us: Would you support legislation to stop direct mail?

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