August’s monthly competition – win a stop junk mail kit

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According to DEFRA, about 21 billion items (550,000 tonnes) of junk mail are sent out every year in the UK.

Most of us hate the stuff and we’re left to dispose of it. We wrote some tips on how to reduce the amount of junk mail sent to your homes, but if you need any more help or information, Robert is the man to contact at his fabulous Stop Junk Mail site.

Stop junk Mail is a campaign group giving free and independent advice on how to stamp out junk mail.

It’s an excellent site packed with lots of useful information. Having worked as a postman in the Netherlands for many years, Robert got so fed up with the amount of rubbish posted through his front door in the UK, that he decided to start a campaign for a simple and effective system for opting out of junk mail,

Robert also hosts a Facebook page. On the group, Robert shares the latest news from around the world about junk mail and you can join in with discussions

Robert was the brains behind a petition delivered to Downing Street in which he called for an easy and effective system for opting out of junk mail. Currently, we have to do SIX different things in order to reduce the amount of junk coming through our letter boxes.

If, like me, you’ve suffered writers cramp from writing ‘Return to sender; un requested junk mail’ (or words to that effect, dependant on mood and hormone levels) too many times then you’ll be delighted to hear about this month’s competition which Robert is supporting.

Robert is offering one lucky winner 2 letterbox stickers, a Stop Junk Mail kit and also a pad with 20 return to sender labels. This prize contains everything you need to effectively cut out junk mail coming through your door. The Junk Mail kits are a brand new addition to Robert’s site, so we’re delighted to be offering one as a prize here.

The no junk mail’ stickers stop unaddressed leaflets and/or free newspapers. You will get two stickers, a ‘Yes/No’ and ‘No/No’ depending on whether you still wish to get free newspapers. You can give the other one to a friend or neighbour.

The Stop Junk Mail Kit guides you through the various things you need to do to stamp out junk mail completely.

It contains a 20-page brochure, an opt-out card to stop junk mail delivered by Royal Mail, some ‘return to sender’ labels (Use these ‘lick and stick’ labels to return any addressed junk mail you receive to the sender.) and five envelope re-use labels.

The cover of the brochure is illustrated by Robert’s gifted and gorgeous partner, Eloise O’Hare who’s talents include painter, illustrator, puppet maker, actor, arts director and costume maker!

As you would expect, all paper used is 100 per cent recycled paper.

Please support Robert’s campaign. Working as a not-for-profit organisation, any money he makes from the sale of any items is reinvested back into the Stop Junk Mail campaign. The labels themselves have been funded by money made from the sale of the stickers.

Robert’s next aim is to set up a tree planting scheme. So help support a good cause and be sure to enter the competition to win a great prize that will help you reduce the amount of junk mail you receive.

This competition is only open to UK residents.

Competition question:

Little Miss Green wants to know the best thing to do with junk mail you don’t want. This can be serious, funny, creative, inspirational or daring (but please remember she is seven, so keep it relatively child friendly 😉 )

How to enter:

Click here to enter.

Select ‘competition entry’ from the drop down box, send us your answer to the above question and remember to include your name and address.

Email addresses will be kept confidential and not passed on to any third party companies. Competition closes 31st August.

And if you just can’t wait to stop the junk mail deluge in your own home, you can go right ahead and purchase items from the Stop Junk Mail shop by clicking on the paypal buttons below. You do not need a paypal account to use paypal, you can use it safely to pay by credit cards too.

‘No/Yes’ sticker (£1)

No/Yes junk mail sticker

‘No/No’ sticker (£1)

No/No junk mail sticker

Pad with 20 ‘return to sender’ labels (£1)

Return to sender label

Pad with 50 envelope re-use labels (£2)

Envelope re-use label

Stop junk mail kit (£1.50)

Stop junk mail kit

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. What a neat idea! I’m not in the UK, so I can’t participate, but I still think this is very cool.

    I recycle my junk mail, but of course, that’s not as good as not getting it in the first place.

  2. High Mrs Green,

    The cartoon is excellent and shows the householders perspective. Companies and The Royal Mail think it is a whizz of an idea. As with other waste, once it is out of their hands they forget about it. The label idea is a new way to attack the issue. I have some sympathy for the delivery staff. They are in for a shock.

    John.

  3. Mrs Green says:

    Kristen, I’m sure I’ve seen a similar campaign in the US – can’t you sign up to receive less junk over there?

    John, Eloise is certainly a talented woman and I love the bright red ‘name and shame’ labels too.

  4. julie mcgucken says:

    i recycle mine too – also giving it to the local school to make models with it – or ld postcards for them to show

  5. Mrs Green says:

    Hello Julie,

    It’s great to see you here. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a message. We always love to hear what our readers have to say.
    It’s great that you are passing on your junk mail as a resource to the local school and I remember how I used to love postcards as a child. It was the one thing I loved to do most in my Grandmother’s house – look through all her old postcards 🙂

  6. Tim says:

    I happen to be one of the owners of MyJunkTree and as a new company I search the web to see if we are getting any visibility out there and I post on relevant blogs.
    We launched the company because we were tired of all the junk mail we were receiving and we personally did not want to bounce all over the web to contact all the different companies to stop it all. First and foremost we wanted to let people choose what they wanted to let come to their home knowing that some people really do like some of the coupons and catalogs. So our clients choose what they want stopped.

    We also had to provide a service that is different than the other services out there, so here is what we offer:

    1. We have a database of over 1300 catalogs that you can choose to stop.
    2. We have over a 2000 charities/Non-Profits that you can stop solicitations from.
    3. Stop the delivery of the national phone directories.
    4. Stop the delivery of the weekly coupons.
    5. Stop the general credit card offers as well as the ones from your own major bank.
    6. Stop the miscellaneous junk mail from the data brokers.
    7. You can register on the National Do Not Call Registry from the website.
    8. You can order your no strings attached free annual credit report right from the website.
    9. We plant trees with every new membership.

    And, yes we are a paid service and yes you can do everything that we do for free, if you want to do all the research and spend the time contacting the companies yourself it can easily be done. We have just done all of the legwork for our clients and feel there is value in the service we provide.

  7. Mrs Green says:

    Hello Tim,
    Well I know that some of our US readers were asking about stopping junk mail, so I hope your service will be of use to some. 🙂

  8. Max says:

    You can sign do not mail petition(like Do Not Call National Petition).

    I did some search online and this is the best resource so far available online ( correct me if I am wrong).

    I have done this 5 months ago and my mailbox is literally empty.

    I check my mail twice a month now. I even took the letter from samples provided and wrote it to a local Chinese restaurant that keeps putting fliers in my door. They stopped in the whole subdivision.

    http://awakening.weebly.com/stop-junk-mail.html

  9. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Max,
    Welcome to the site and thank you for the information you shared about the Do Not Mail petition. I can’t make a comment on it, as we are in the UK, but it’s great to find resources for our American readers.
    Thanks for the link; is this your own site? It looks great; the fast diary was really interesting.

  10. Max says:

    Thanks for welcoming me. Yes it is my site.
    Since you said that United Kingdom is in need of one too ( I updated the site with UK link to stop Junk Mail as well). Thanks again and best wishes to you all. Together we can make a difference.

  11. Mrs Green says:

    That’s great that you added the Stop Junk Mail Site, Max. I know Robert is eager to spread the word about his site as he has put so much time and energy into it. So he will be very pleased 🙂

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