Shocking Fact: 42 percent of all timber harvested in the United States becomes pulpwood for paper. This means more than 100 million trees are destroyed each year just to produce junk mail.
Even more shocking? The average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year and 44 percent goes right into the trash can without ever being opened.
Lots of banks, credit card companies, and utilities offer customers the option to receive electronic statements and correspondence instead of paper mail (although when I was with a commercial bank, they still sent offers for other stuff through the mail). Even if you’ve switched over to e-bills, you still have to log in to each of these accounts separately to check balances, update your address, or make a payment.
If you’re frustrated with this tedium and long for a better way to manage your finances without eliminating a forest, your wish has recently come true!
Manilla is a free web-based service that allows you to manage all of your household and financial accounts, travel rewards programs, and subscriptions in one secure place. With Manilla, paying bills, tracking travel miles or filing statements, becomes easy, convenient and best of all–paperless.
How It Works:
Consumers can use Manilla to manage accounts from four broad categories: finance, household/bills, magazine subscriptions, and travel rewards programs. Because of their strategic partnerships, Manilla offers access to over 500 services in these categories, including all major cell phone carrier; nearly every cable, satellite, and telecom provider; most national and regional banks, all major airline, hotel and auto loyalty programs, most major credit cards, and nearly 200 utility companies.
Once you’ve entered all your account information, you can customize your Manilla profile to set up payment reminders, custom alerts, and automatic online filing of paid statements and invoices.
The automatic filing of statements is something that would have come in handy for me just recently. I switched mobile phone carriers, and when I did so, lost access to all my previous statements. Now, I’m having to sit through an annoying waiting period to re-register my account so that I can access online statements to redeem my contract buyout with the new carrier. If I was using Manilla, all these documents would be store in my account, and I would have a couple hours of my life back.
You might also be wondering how such a service could be free–surely you have to pay a monthly subscription after trying it out for a few weeks, right? Wrong.
Manilla is free because service providers pay a small fee for their mail to be delivered through Manilla to their customers. Instead of paying an average of 75 cents for every piece of mail they send to their customers, companies that partner with Manilla can use these financial resources to improve their products and customer service. Ultimately, this means they make customers happier and enjoy higher profits. It’s a win-win.
“Businesses across the country are embracing Manilla because they have been stuck at really low paperless levels (15 percent average) for years,” said Jessica Insalaco, Manilla’s CMO. ”Finally, we have a way to respond to consumers’ concerns about stopping their paper mail copies, so we can stop all of this waste. About 85 percent of US households still get account related paper mail to the tune of 40 billion pieces of mail per year. We are excited to think about stopping all of that and savings all of those trees, the water and the other resources that go into printing and delivering all of this mail.”
Want to learn more about how Manilla can help you eliminate wasteful junk mail once and for all? Check out their website.
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