Sep 24

Lose 5 pounds in just seconds!

I happen to like Restoration Hardware AND their five pounds of catalogs, but in this day and age I feel guilty even getting so much paper (wrapped in plastic) in my mailbox, let alone discarding it in my recycle bin. So when it showed up last week, I took immediate action.

First, I logged into their website (which is a great place to view all of their beautiful products).

From there, I clicked on contact us and sent an email expressing my horror over their unconscionable choice to mass distribute so much paper.

And lastly, I clicked on cancel catalog delivery and input my information to request not to receive this beautiful catalog again.

And truly, it IS beautiful. If I saved catalogs, this would be at the top of the pile. But as it happens, I’ve been on a campaign for what feels like forever to eliminate delivery of all catalogs I receive. When I started years ago it meant calling each company individually. Now, thanks to “Stop Junk Mail” you can take care of it in just a few clicks. If you shop on line, this could feel like a futile process.

Nevertheless, there’s been a noticeable decrease in catalogs delivered to my door. So what if just a few of us attempted to stop our junk mail during this Queen Mother of catalog seasons? Would our voices be heard? Would savings of our natural resources be felt? Would more companies take steps to embrace cleaner marketing strategies?

Today and everyday, my inbox is flooded with promotional emails from countless online retailers. Rarely does a day go by that I’m not reminded where to purchase my next piece of furniture, athletic gear, clothing and more. I promise that should I be in need of pulls for my dresser, lights for the hall or a sofa, I know exactly where to find you, Restoration Hardware! But in the meantime, if you are going to send around this encyclopedia of home furnishing, perhaps you could at least modify your list to those who request it only.

If you’ve had success cutting down the clutter in your mailbox, please share it with the rest of us so we (and our planet) can all benefit!

Eat clean live well!



  1. Posted September 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Hi Terry,
    I absolutely love this idea. I truly believe small changes(especially in ourselves)can make a huge difference. I agree we receive to many of these encyclopedic like catalogs, Trust me I love thumbing through them. There is just something about paper. But I’m always left with this feeling, months down the road what to do with it. Like you every piece that goes in my recycle bin truly bothers me, and for what? So I can enjoy a few minutes of tactile flipping and dreaming. Every thing is just a click away now a days and with the tablet devices a tap. I don’t think we will ever get rid of paper totally but each of us should do our part! Loose five pounds in seconds indeed!!! I am totally with you on this. “One drop of water raises the sea”.

    Living with clarity,

  2. Posted September 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Todd, I just love that quote! Thanks for you supportive words. As a cookbook author, I can tell you I pray that we’ll never be totally rid of paper, but certainly there’s plenty of room to reduce, reuse or simply be happy with what we have.

  3. Posted October 2, 2012 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    I could not agree with this sentiment more. I am constantly trying to cancel my paper subscriptions. It’s nice that they made it so easy to do on their website. Let us know if you can ever manage to cancel the delivery of the weekly circulars that go directly into my recycle bin! I’ve tried calling, emailing, and have begged at the post office. No luck yet! Also, I can’t wait until my favorite magazines, which I get electronically and in print, decide it’s OK to stop delivering print! The option would be so appreciated. I know they need their circulation numbers, but I see the ads in the iPad version and they can actually track that! *rant over*

  4. Posted October 2, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    You’re so right about those weekly circulars! I’ve begged at the post office as well, but no luck. And, to make matters worse, I get those and the town paper through my home delivery AND in my PO Box! My post office has recycle bins that are always overflowing. A clear sign they they acknowledge the problem as well. Has anyone else found solutions to eliminating circulars and such?

  5. Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the inspiration and the links. I have always loved getting the beautiful RH catalog, but had the same reaction when I found their latest enormous volume in my box last week.

    I have found CatalogChoice helpful to stop unwanted mail ( You can do it online (time consuming to sort through all the senders and look up your customer #s, etc. ~ but worth it) …. or they’ll even do it for you. (you purchase a MailStop envelope via their site for $6.75; then place the mailing label from unwanted mail in the envelope and send it to them.) “Unwanted mail goes from your mailbox to your MailStop Envelope, without taking up your time or cluttering your desk. Once you have collected up to 15 pages, drop the envelope in the mail. Our staff will process your requests.”

    Every little bi helps.

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