Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Waste, waste, waste.
Every day we get junk mail. Every single day, the junk mail out numbers the useful mail by a long way. When we are away for an extended period we have someone who comes in to make sure things are all right. The post is put to one side and kept for us to sort on our return. This time the pile was 50 cm, 20 inches, high. The useful part was barely a handful.
It is quite unbelievable how much is being thrown away. And it's not as though we haven't tried to stop it. We have catalogues addressed to us, though there's no knowing how they got our address, catalogues addressed to the previous owners, and to the owners before them! People who have been dead for decades! Nothing seems to stop the flow.
But it's worse. Have a look at the picture of today's haul. There are two of the roughly six reminders to renew a National Geographic subscription even though I've said I don't want it. Inside each are 4 pieces of paper plus a return envelope. One piece of paper says, "While all fees support the Society's mission of expanding geographic knowledge, 90% is designated for the magazine subscription". And how much for waste paper?
Underneath you can see envelopes from two different charities. At this time of year there is a deluge from charities, who send cards, pens, coins, every sort of gimmick under the sun. Some of these things are wrapped in plastic. How much does all this cost? It's not only the cost to the charity, but also the cost to the planet.
How do I stop the flood of paper? I've tried "Return to sender", "Gone away", Deceased". None of it works. I'm calling in desperation here before I sink!