My hang up with ads, flyers and junk mail is long standing.
They are a misuse of resources.
“But Jill, they’re recyclable,” I’ve heard.
Yes, they certainly are.
What’s better than recycling? Not having to recycle.
The junk that shows up in mailboxes and doorsteps is a waste of resources, plain and simple.
Junk mail is a waste of trees, paper, water, ink, tiny plastic windows in envelops, thick plasticky bands that bind the piles together in distribution centres, gas, exhaust fumes and time spent on getting them out to households.
Ads, flyers and junk mail often contain information on services I don’t want, stores I don’t spend my money at, products I’ll never buy and political faces I don’t want to see in my mailbox.
Living in this technological world means easier access to the products we do want, at stores we frequent and for services we need.
We have apps and websites at our fingerprints that allow us to cherry pick what is of interest to us.
Stopping junk mail distribution is easy.
If you’re getting a pile of flyers on your doorstep at the same time as your free weekly local newspaper, call the distribution department and ask them to stop delivery.
If it’s in your mailbox, put a sign on it (or on the inside of your community box) asking for no unaddressed mail.
Save time. Save resources. Ditch the junk mail.