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Manilla: An Easy Way To Eliminate Unwanted Paper Mail

Manilla: An Easy Way To Eliminate Unwanted Paper Mail

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.

Also Check Out:

9 Awesome Uses For Junk Mail

Junk Mail Madness – How To Make It Stop!

3 U.S. Cities Switch To Paperless Mail

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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7:41AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Hi Care2 readers,

My name is Sarah Kaufman, and I'm the marketing manager at Manilla.com (https://www.manilla.com/). I'd love to clear up any questions you may have about the service.

For starters, security is our No. 1 priority, so we make sure our customers' account information is always protected.

I encourage you to try Manilla and check out our online platforms:
Blog: https://www.manilla.com/blog/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mymanilla
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Manilla
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/manillapins/
Press: https://www.manilla.com/company/press-center/
Mobile app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bills-accounts-manager-manilla/id439937940?mt=8

Please let me know if you have any questions about Manilla by writing in the comments here, or by emailing me at skaufman [at] manilla [dot] com.

Best,
Sarah

6:41PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Thanks for the ideas.

3:43PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Thanks.

8:04AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

I have refused to take flyers from people giving them as a sales pitch.

3:45PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

Thanks for the info Beth!~

5:17PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

I leave all flyers at the PO in the recycling there, don't think I trust enough to have my personal/financial status out there at risk of being hacked. I'll stick with my paper copies especially bills as proof of payment or residence should the need arise ie: voting.

5:07PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

i've added my name to a Do Not Mail list, contact senders of junk mail to take me off their list, and tell companies i continue to deal with to not trade or sell my name to other companies.

i've reduced my junk mail so much i can go days without getting any mail whatsoever. makes me feel kind of lonely, like i;m forgotten. then i get a bill and i'm almost feeling happy someone's remembered me. well almost.

11:52AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

I just don't feel safe doing it.

7:48AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Please help in the effort to implement recycling practices in Atlanta Public Schools by signing:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/recycle-atlanta-pubilicschools/

7:21AM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

Here in Canada we have great postal rules and you can easiily request no flyers... the trouble is the companies then just add it to your newspapers or change to addressed admail and you get it anyways. I recycle, recycle, recyle. Would hate to see Manilla hacked... that kinda scares me away from that. And with banks and major corporations all hacked this year.... IDK Iwill wait a while before I put all my finances online in one location...

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