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11 Ways to Easily Opt-Out of Wasteful Stuff and Happily Green Your Life

deforestation-tree-removalReaders loved the post on how to opt-out of receiving wasteful White & Yellow Pages phone directories so much, I thought I’d follow-up with a few more ways you can easily green your life and unclutter your living right from your desktop.

  1. Opt-out of junk mail: GreenDimes.com
  2. Opt-out of plastic bottles: KOR ONE Hydration
  3. Opt-out of  plastic bags: Salvagist.com
  4. Opt-out of unsolicited calls: National Do Not Call Registry
  5. Opt-out of catalgoues: CatalogChoice.org
  6. Opt-out of receiving phone directories: YellowPagesGoesGreen.org
  7. Opt-in to easy recycling: Earth911.org
  8. Opt-in to easy water conservation: WaterUseItWisely.com
  9. Opt-in to easy ways to clear the air: BringBackBlue.org
  10. Green your online purchases: GreenAnySite.com
  11. Make your website carbon neutral: Co2Stats.com

Do you have a site or know of an organization that allows us all to easily opt-in to green activities and opt-out of wasteful habits? If so, please share.

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16 Comments On This Topic
  1. Dan O'Boyle posted
    February 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Nice job! I think you’ve found your true calling.

  2. Twilight Earth posted
    February 5, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Great list! I’ve got 10 tabs opened and am going to check each one of them out. Thanks for posting this.

    Keep up the good fight,

    Adam

  3. Park posted
    February 5, 2009 at 5:37 am

    Thanks Twilight. I’m glad you’re finding them useful. We can save the plant, and ourselves a lot of frustration, one click at a time.

  4. Paul @ Green Pepper posted
    February 6, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Very useful, thanks. Here in the UK, the Mail Preference Service enables you to opt-out of receiving junk-mail in the post. It works too!

    You can also opt-in for paperless billing from your bank, phone and utility companies. It saves the hassle of dealing with the paperwork and saves resources too ;-)

  5. Park posted
    February 6, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Paul, that is a brilliant suggestion. Thank you!

  6. Adam Kayce posted
    February 6, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Awesome list – again!

    Thanks, Park. You’re making the world a better place.

  7. Park posted
    February 6, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Thank you, Adam. I appreciate it.

  8. Miss Brittani posted
    February 7, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Great resource and you make it sound fun! I make all of my own household products and toiletries it’s all natural and homemade, very green way to live!

  9. Larry Cummings posted
    February 8, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Thanks for mentioning us!

  10. calimama posted
    February 9, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    A great list, many of which I’m excited to check out. You did miss one that I use regularly though – http://www.catalogchoice.org to opt out of catalogs.

  11. Park posted
    February 9, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks Calimama. Your are absolutely right. CatalogChoice.org is a great one for opting out of catalogs. I’ve already updated the post. Thank you for taking the time to let me know.

  12. Nancy Nemes posted
    February 10, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Excellent article, need to propagate everythere :-)

  13. ecoScott posted
    February 19, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Great list, Park. GreenDimes is a cool site- amazing how we have to opt-OUT of junk mail rather than opt-IN.

  14. Sandra posted
    February 20, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Park, this is great. Thanks!

  15. Cameron Powell posted
    April 28, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Fantastic list! I’d actually like to pass on these ideas to our own customers at Earth Class Mail.

    Mailing list removal services like CatalogChoice.com and Tonic Mailstopper (formerly GreenDimes, fyi) are useful in addressing one link in the chain that is (1) unwanted (2) resource-intensive, paper-based (3) advertising that requires (4) significant transportation and (5) recycling. The list-removal services aim to nip in the bud the creation and mailing of ad mail we get from advertisers that we’re not interested in.

    What we do at Earth Class Mail is provide 23 alternative U.S. addresses (and our partners at Swiss Post, or http://www.swisspostbox.com, another dozen in Europe) at which people may receive mail. When mail arrives, we scan the sealed envelope in full color, on both sides, and send you an email to show you what you have. You can then choose to shred, recycle (environmentally better than shredding), ship, securely open and scan, pick up, and so on.

    Thus, we reduce the cost to the environment of delivering either (1) mail you don’t want (even the list-removal services don’t stop everything, and some are reported, via their opt-in features, to actually *increase*) or (2) mail you do want — but don’t need in paper form.

    In short, Internet-powered postal mail adds two key benefits that aren’t addressed by our colleagues in the business of reducing mail’s impact on the environment:

    1. When mail must be or is sent, our service reduces the amount of transportation involved. With neither last-mile residential delivery or a trip by the customer to a post office, either the U.S. Postal Service or the recipient simply flies and drives less.

    2. When mail must be or is sent, our service increases recycling from the EPA’s average, for mail, of 22%, to around 90%.

    That’s worth shouting about! I hope your readers will consider it. Customers in 176 countries already love the convenience, or getting mail on their iPhones, or simply having a U.S. business address separate from their home. But the environment is a key motivator of many of our customers.

    Cameron Powell
    SVP Strategic Development
    Earth Class Mail Corp.

  16. Mail Forwarding For Business posted
    May 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

    There are many ways on how to go green, paperless and clean. MyAdmin will help you go paperless and make our planet a better place to be.


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