Go Paperless

Say NO to clutter and unnecessary waste! Switching all of your monthly statements from paper to electronic is easy, practical, and environmentally friendly. Almost every credit card, bank, and utility company now offers a simple way to switch to paperless billing. Moreover, you can significantly reduce the amount of junk mail you get at home from most companies and businesses. With the help of websites like Catalog Choice and DMAchoice.org, you can also stop all of those catalogs, advertising, offers, and coupons from reaching into your home.

By going paperless, together, we can save thousands of trees, millions of gallons of water, millions of pounds of greenhouse gas, and millions of pounds of solid waste if we go paperless and request to be excluded from unwanted advertisement campaigns and company catalogs. What are you waiting for? Get on it! Go paperless!

Some examples of how easy is going paperless:

  • Gas company:

go paperless, paperless billing

  • Sewer bills:

  • Credit Card:

go paperless, paperless statements

  • Bank:

go paperless, electronic bills (eBills)

⇒In most cases, you will also find a toll free number that you can call to have your name removed from the company’s mailing list:

go paperless, toll free number

Stop you junk mail today!

Websites like Catalog Choice or DMAchoice.org help save tons of natural resources by providing zero waste programs for junk mail and phone books. Sign up and stop receiving all of those useless ads, coupons, and catalogs that take up space, burn up your time, create waste and pollution, and go straight to your recycling bin!

Opt out of unwanted mail

  • The first step is to go to Catalog Choice’s website and sign up:

Catalog Choice Sign-In

  • Once you have signed up and your account has been activated, you can start your ‘going paperless campaign’:

Catalog Choice opt-out

  • Type the name of the company that you are receiving unwanted mail from in the ‘Search’ box:

For each company you search, you will have to specify a name and an address. Make sure the name and address are entered exactly as they appear on the ‘unwanted mail’ or select the ‘current resident’ option if that is what the ad or letter shows.

  •  You can also choose one of the options bellow to specify your reasons for stopping this unwanted mail:

Help the environment

  • Once you have completed all of the information, just click on the ‘submit request’ button.
  • Once your request has been recorded, you can proceed with your next request.

Opt out success

Some companies, especially banks and credit cards, will require you to make your request directly to the company. In these cases a website link or a phone number will be provided:

To  check on the status of your requests click on the “Your Choices” option. The ‘Home’ page will display your recent activity.

Once you have sent all your requests, you will start receiving confirmation emails from each company and little by little your mailbox will begin to lose weight. It may take up to 90 days for you to stop receiving unwanted mail form the selected companies, since some of the catalogs could already be in the process of being printed or shipped.

Congratulations!!! You are going paperless. Keep it up and update your paperless requests every time you get new ‘junk mail’. There are always new ways to save paper. For example, many hotels offer a quick and paperless check out option:

paperless hotel checkout

Don’t forget to recycle any unwanted or old mail/paper you have and, if you have access to new technologies, such as internet, computers, smarts phones, I-pads, Kindles, and so on, make sure you take advantage of them and save as much paper as you can!

Switching from paper bills to electronic paperless alternatives with your banks, credit cards, and monthly payments is not only environmentally friendly, it’s also an easy and efficient way to manage your personal/household finance.

Thank you for all your hard work and effort to save trees and natural resources. Every little step you take to be a more conscious and responsible consumer goes a long way. Spread the word and recommend going paperless to all your friends, family members, and co-workers!

Also check GSU’s Plant a Tree! article to learn what you need to know before choosing and planting a tree.