7 ways to Green Your Mail
The amount of unsolicited mail and catalogs Americans receive each year consumes trees (an estimated 100 million!), water, energy, and money. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to limit the damage.
The DMA is the trade association for direct mail advertisers, and signing onto its service can cut your unwanted mail by an estimated 80 percent.
Even more effective (though time-consuming) is to contact businesses and organizations yourself and ask them to stop sending mail.
Some of these organizations are free while others charge, but their role is to help you get your name taken off the mailing lists.
...unless you believe it's absolutely necessary to send them in. These cards are usually unnecessary and are simply methods to get you on a mailing list.
Writing "Refused" or "Return to Sender" may backfire. Standard mail isn't forwarded by the US Postal Service, and will probably find its way to a landfill. Instead, recycle junk mail yourself.
If they don't already, call or email these companies and ask them to switch to recycled paper.
...if you still send mail the traditional way.