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Year 2, Week 13 Results: 2.9 oz of plastic waste. Junk mail mad house.
Posted By Beth Terry On September 14, 2008 @ 9:43 pm In Art Craft Office,Plastic Tally 2008-09-15,Weekly Results 2008 | 10 Comments
I give up. You’ll see why below…
Plastic items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began:
And the new plastic waste:
But, in reality, the envelopes have just been piling up and doing no good for anyone. I have reused a few. But I rarely send paper mail anymore. All my bank statements and monthly bills are now available online, so as much as I can, I’ve stopped the paper mail. I don’t send checks through the mail, opting for electronic payments. So the few envelopes that do come (from Financial West Group, to whom I wrote last month , ING Direct, which still sends the occasional notice through the mail, and assorted other random companies or organizations) sit in a pile and gather dust.
I’ve been methodically reducing the amount of mail I receive in general, by signing up with companies like Green Dimes , Pro Quo , and Catalog Choice , that help to eliminate junk mail, and also by calling the senders directly or using their own pre-paid envelopes to send their mailings (including plastic window envelopes) back to them.
Sadly, the biggest battle I’ve had has been with an organization I totally support: Planned Parenthood . Eight of the 27 envelopes shown above were from Planned Parenthood, and those were the ones I finally held onto after sending probably 15-20 of them back with messages requesting no more paper mail. Planned Parenthood was sending at least one or two pieces of mail per week. I wrote, and I called, and I pleaded with their phone solicitors to take me off the paper mailing list, to no avail. Aside from environmental concerns, I was unhappy that they were spending all my contribution money to send me letters asking for more!
I stopped mailing their solicitations back finally and started just collecting them, planning to send a whole boxful to the Executive Director if the barrage didn’t stop. Yes, I was going a little crazy. Ask Michael. But I never had to take that step. Because somehow, finally, I talked to the right person who was able to make the flood of mail stop. And now I am sane again.
Except I’m starting to get a little worried about my good friend Barack Obama. Gotta nip that one in the bud right away. E-mails every day I can handle. Phone calls — whatever. But paper mail — Just say no!
And about the remaining paper envelopes left after removing the plastic windows… I’ve cut them up to use for scratch paper: “To Do” lists, phone messages, notes to Michael. I think those are good intermediate uses before finally recycling them.
That’s all for now. Be sure and tune in tomorrow for the 3rd monthly Carnival of Trash, which will be hosted right here.
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 keep the rest to reuse: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/12/week-24-results-19-oz-of-plastic/
 Financial West Group, to whom I wrote last month: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/08/dear-financial-west-group/
 Green Dimes: http://www.greendimes.com
 Pro Quo: http://www.proquo.com
 Catalog Choice: http://www.catalogchoice.org/
 Planned Parenthood: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/
 awesome Ian: http://www.socialequity.com/about-people.htm
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