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25 Ways to Reuse Junk Mail

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25 Ways to Reuse Junk Mail

Holy moly, is the junk mail in your mailbox in overdrive right now? During the holiday months, it feels like my postman delivers tons of holiday catalogs and offers – more than during any other time of year. If you’re watching the junk mail stack up, try some of these junk mail crafts!

Of course, the best way to reduce the impact from all of that junk mail is to stop getting it in the first place. There are a few ways that you can curb the junk mail:

  • Contact the catalog directly - there should be a number or website somewhere on the catalog, and you may be able to opt out by contacting the company
  • Catalog Choice – this company offers free and paid services to help you stop the flow of junk mail
  • Stop the Red Plum Catalog – for some reason, it’s extra tough to opt out of those annoying offers from Red Plum. David Quilty at The Good Human tells you how to opt out of the Red Plum mailing list.
  • Stop Credit Card Offers – credit card offers come in like crazy this time of year, and you can opt out of all pre-screened credit card offers here.
  • Direct Marketers Association – Tell the DMA to stop sending you junk mail!

The trouble is, even if you opt out now, it can take anywhere from weeks to months for them to “process” your request. That seems like a terribly long time to keep flooding your mailbox with unwanted offers, so until your requests get…processed…don’t get mad, get crafty! Check out our list of 25 ways to reuse junk mail on the next page!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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6:12AM PDT on Aug 18, 2013

Great article. Thank you.

11:01AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Great ideas.Thanks for sharing

6:59AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

some of these were pretty awesome. Thanks

7:33PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

These also work great with magazines you are finished with.

6:47AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

I loved some of these!! Thanks for sharing...

6:18PM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Plenty of ideas! Awesome, thanks :-)

12:58PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

So many ideas! I'll start with the bookmarks, because I have a lot of books, and I like to read more than one at the same time. ;)

9:08PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

All of these options sound really fun and interesting to do!

6:24AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

Go to Buy their envelopes and send them the back pages of catalogs you don't want to receive. They do the rest.

5:52PM PST on Dec 7, 2012

I recycle.

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