a year of junk mail 1.27.2022

Last year, I decided to keep all of the junk mail I received so I could have a visual of what all the paper amounted to. I counted them up today. 110 pieces!

110 pieces of junk mail for 2021

Because my partner and I donate money to a wide variety of non-profits each year, our names end up on mailing lists. And those lists, no doubt, get sold or shared with other organizations looking for financial donations.

Another view of 110 pieces of junk mail.

Every time I received junk mail, I wrote the date I received it and my contact date on the envelope. I contacted the organization, either by email or through a form on their website, asking that my name be removed from their mailing list. Sometimes I got no response, other times I got very polite responses. The worst offender in terms of the number of mail pieces received ended up in a tie – with NAACP and Planned Parenthood sending me 7 pieces each.

Junk mail chotchkies

Many organizations included chotchkies with their pleas for money, including address labels, greeting cards, note pads, prayer flags, key chains, nickels, reusable bags, blankets, and bracelets. I donate all of this to local charity organizations.

All this junk mail seems like a huge waste of paper to me. I wonder if I could somehow incorporate this paper from the mailings into my art?

4 thoughts on “a year of junk mail 1.27.2022

  1. I’ve always despised junk mail, it infuriates me, really. I have included lots of strips of ads in my multi-media work, but I never want to advertise for them, so you have to be careful what shows! I’ve also considered turning the pile of paper into a clay-mulch substance that might be turned into sculpture? Anything to avoid the landfill!

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  2. It always is refreshing to read your posts, Rachel. Thank you for this reminder of a simple job to do at home that has an environmental impact.

    Susan Hoffman

    On Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 2:25 PM Rachel Imsland, Artist wrote:

    > Rachel Imsland posted: ” Last year, I decided to keep all of the junk mail > I received so I could have a visual of what all the paper amounted to. I > counted them up today. 110 pieces! 110 pieces of junk mail for 2021 Because > my partner and I donate money to a wide varie” >

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