Gail of Green Living

Kill Junk Mail, Not Trees!
January 23, 2013, 11:40 pm
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Paper KarmaThis past fall, we were covered in catalogs and junk mail!  My daughter told me about an app for the iPhone called Paper Karma.  It is quite simple to use; once it is set up, it takes maybe 15 seconds to put several catalogs or junk mail into its system.

You touch “Scan Mail” and it tells you to “take a photo”.  Make sure you get a clear photo of the return address on the mail you want to end.  Next time you get in Paper Karma, you can touch “Request Status” to find out if they were successful in contacting the company.  The companies sending the mail don’t really want to send mail to people who don’t read it, so they are grateful to Paper Karma, for letting them know who doesn’t want it.

As a Realtor, I have the option to send mailings of all kinds to people I know and don’t know, but I don’t send advertising by mail at all.  If I don’t like to receive junk mail, I don’t send it to anyone else.

Paper Karma says that each US household receives about 850 pieces of unwanted mail per year!  One day last fall, I promise we got 20 catalogs in one day!  I felt so sorry for our mail carrier!  And then, I thought about the trees, and the waste in ink and energy of human beings who worked to get all that junk mail to me…it’s a sad thing.

Two young techies in Seattle created Paper Karma because of their distaste of junk mail.  Thank you, guys!  You are making a difference in our world!

Tell me your solution to junk mail


How High Will They Go?

It’s even higher at $4.09 at the corner gas station on Kirby!  I can say I have never spent that kind of money on gasoline, but I may have to do that soon.  As a Realtor, I have to use my car for business, to take my clients to see properties, and to check on my listings regularly.  How can I save gasoline?

I have been working the last few years, to save a day a week when I don’t take my car out of the garage.  The result of this effort is not only saving money and gasoline, but the pollution, and wear and tear on the car.  It has also changed my way of scheduling the rest of the week.  I consolidate my errands, appointments and regular activities, so that I save time and gasoline, too.  For instance, my office is not far from my church.  If I need to drop something off at the office, I can easily arrange to do that before choir rehearsal at church, and on the way home from rehearsal, stop by the supermarket for grocery shopping, because it’s on the the route.  I seldom leave the house with only one stop on my agenda.

I also turn off the air conditioning in the car and open the roof window as much as possible.  This seems to really make a difference in gasoline consumption.  We’ve had a very mild winter, and I am scared that we will have an early summer, so I may not be able to do this much longer.

I noticed in January, I only filled my gas tank twice.  That is something I’d like to strive for every month.  I continued showing property, checking on clients’ homes, etc., but I was careful to plan.

How do you conserve gasoline?  Share your ideas so we can all make a difference in our pocketbooks, as well as our environment!