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November 16, 2007

We all recognize the ease of shopping by mail or Web during the holiday season — but sometimes gift-giving can take an unexpected toll. As photo artist Chris Jordan illustrates here from his Running the Numbers series, the United States harvests 8 million trees every month to make the paper for mail order catalogs. Now you can opt out of one or two or ten of the catalogs you're currently receiving at your homes and get actual physical mail only from those companies that pique your interest.

Catalog Choice has helped to give consumers a discretionary power with a new free service that lets you decline specific catalogs you no longer wish to receive in the mail.

Here's how to begin:

  • Log on to CatalogChoice.org and sign up for the free service. Your contact information will only be used for the purpose of declining (opting-out of) catalogs

  • Find your unwanted catalogs. You must have your account number printed on the front of the catalog. Catalog Choice then contacts the providers on your behalf, requesting that your name be removed from their mailing lists.

  • See the results. According to the Catalog Choice Web Site: "It can take up to ten weeks to process your request, after which time you should no longer receive your declined catalogs. If you do continue to receive them, you can return here to report the infraction, and we'll follow up with the merchant."
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