the TAO of CHANGE

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by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

Remember Green Dimes? I joined last year and yep, for just a few dimes I’ve gotten off and stayed off most junk mail lists. However, another holiday season is approaching and I’m seeing some new catalogs have found me. I’ve been calling some of them to get of their lists, but it usually involves a long hold period, and reciting my name and address endlessly.

Just in time, I heard about a nonprofit, founded in October of 2007, which gets consumers OFF unwanted catalog lists. The online steps are simple and quick and once you’re in the system, you can return conveniently any time a new catalog shows up. This means you can still receive the catalogs you want, but, think twice (or three times) about how much you really get out of these when you can use their websites to browse products and place orders.

CatalogChoice.org is free and does not share your information with ANY lists of services. They already have over one million members and have kept over 13 million unwanted catalogs out of the mail. Catalog Choice also has a program for merchants which can help them clean up their distribution lists to save mailing costs, while actually increasing their customer base and respect customer preferences.

I’m signing on today, before the holiday mailing madness really gets in gear. Join me.

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  1. Jolly ROger Says:

    More green rambling. Mail? Reduce delivery to 3 days/week. Shop/pay bills online. Craft gifts. Avoid the consumerism cycle. Donate to environmental/social/animal rights organizations in the recipients name. PETA, FOE, NOW, tax-deductable and much needed. Have a group pot-luck dinner.

    THE FAIR!!! I’ll wager that the amount fuel used, trash produced, outweighs all the savings in fuel and trash from all of Carrboro for a week. It was noted ponies tied/chained for kiddie rides raised some eyebrows, (not many) unfortunately. That’s not cool.

    Rethink holidays, Thanks

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