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Freedom from Paper

October 3, 2013 — Leave a comment

Inspired by the Earth 911 email sent today, I have progressed further down the path of paper freedom! This is very exciting because our household tends to get overwhelmed with unnecessary paper mailing that just pile up and become one more item on the cleaning to do list. There were six different ways to reduce paper mailing but three in particular that I found to be useful and not as common as the others.

The first had to do with being removed from the phonebook delivery list. The process was very simple and all-encompassing as it gave the option to be removed from all paper phonebooks that your address is eligible to receive. Simply go to the National Yellow Pages site to select the directories you would like to receive or opt-out of all possible options like I did. To be honest, I’m surprised that these paper directories are hanging on with the ever-so-handy internet at our fingertips.

The next, and my favorite junk mail reducer, was to opt-out of the Consumer Credit Reporting offers. This site has the options to be removed from the preapproved offers for either five years or indefinitely. Guess which one I chose! As an added bonus, I was able to remove my husband from their list as well to double our impact.

Finally, I removed both me and my husband from the direct mail list for catalogs and other mail offers through the online tool provided by the Direct Marketing Association. Their home page provides the opportunity to be removed from direct paper mail as well as email offers. This site was a little more complex but seems to have a substantial amount of potential for reducing paper mailings.

Prior to this concise guide from Earth 911, I found these request to be quite complicated. So thanks for mailing the process clear and easy to understand. I’d love to hear if anyone else knows of other ways to reduce the clutter!


This is a great quote that can be applied to many of the lessons we learn in this crazy life. Making choices to live in a way that’s environmentally sustainable can be challenging sometimes and that may get discouraging. When it seems like all of the news related to the environment is negative and it would just be easier to give up just keep your eyes open for the benefits that come from this journey on the road that sometimes seems to be less traveled and be encouraged to stick to it. Its never too late.

Never Too Late

Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to scratch once again. – Bikram Choudhury

What an exciting Stanley Cup Series – congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks for pulling off a dramatic win in game 6! You may find it interesting, as I did, that the Blackhawks have their very own sustainability mission in the Chicago community. Earlier in the season, they partnered with Constellation Power in the promotion of energy efficiency. They did this by hosting a Go-Green game that avoided 63 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) or 143 barrels of oil by purchasing Green-e Energy Renewable Energy Credits. This sponsorship was an opportunity to educate fans about their option to choose renewable electricity providers for their homes.

The five-time Stanley Cup winners have also partnered with the Chicago Gateway Green initiative as leaders in the community for responsible development that aims to leave the environment in a better condition for future generations. The initiative educates through beautification projects that execute sustainable landscaping, remove litter, and improve air and water quality in the Chicago area. Blackhawks Charities and the Team are bringing pride to the city of Chicago on the rink and through the collaboration of its sustainable partnerships.

For more information on the Chicago Blackhawks Charities, check out their community report here.

Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship Primary logo 2013