Green Dimes

Green DimesMany months ago, Charlie had mentioned on his blog that he’d love to stop receiving all junk mail. That got me thinking – there is the Do Not Call registry, why the heck isn’t there a Do Not Mail registry? Junk mail sucks up a lot of time too! Then a few weeks later, I found Green Dimes which promises to shield you from all junk mail. I wasn’t too sure if it would actually work, so I held off on signing up.

But after my friends Om and Micheal each did a post on it, I decided to try it out.

I’m a rabid recycler – I will spend ten minutes ripping the plastic and random other doodads off cardboard in order to recycle it. So saving trees is a huge motivational factor. Green Dimes says for $36 a year, they will unsubscribe me from junk mail. In addition for $3 a year, I can add another name to the removal list. Lucky for me, they are running a promotional special and I added on R for just an extra dollar. So, for $37, in about 3 months, I should be junk-mail-free! In addition to saving tonnes of paper, it will, hopefully, save me the time and the pain of having to shred, toss everything into the recycling bin and drag the huge bag of paper down every week.

I can’t wait. I am still a little fuzzy on what happens with catalogs – they tell me not to unsubscribe from catalogs that I don’t get because the evil catalog companies will then add my name to the list (yes! instead of unsubscribing you, they say “a-ha, a name we didn’t know” and subscribe you!) So, I wrote to them. The answer, which I got back in about 10 minutes, was disappointing. There is no catch-all for catalogs. I will have to get the catalogs, go to the Green Dimes site and unsubscribe. I guess that is better than having to call the companies, but I hope they can come up with a better idea for dealing with this.

A couple of months ago, I called my credit card companies and asked them to not send me *any* solicitations whatsoever. AmEx is the worst offender in this regard. And last year, I switched everything to paperless statements. So, I am on my way.

And now with Green Dimes, I hope to be almost fully paperless. Green Dimes will even plant a tree for me every month. I could even pick which part of the world to put my tree – I decided that I would keep my tree planting equally divided across North America, Central & South America, India, Africa and Haiti.

Let’s hope Green Dimes really works. Saving our planet while also saving time – what could be better? I will be sure to report back on progress!

  • This sounds almost too good to be true. Keep us posted.

  • JSK

    Let me know how it goes. I read MD’s post, too, and was thinking of checking it out.

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  • Is this for real?

    Wow. If this works out for you, I might have to check it out too as I am the most anal person I know when it comes to recycling.

  • Great to know you, came here from Amit’s blog. I will check this service. I get over 100 mails and some are surely spams.

  • Shripriya

    @ TGFI and JSK – will do. As Michael said in his comments, just the tree planting alone is probably worth the $36 dollars!

    @ Megha – It seems to be. It is new enough that I haven’t seen anyone talk about how effective it is, but I am rooting for them. This is one of those life-changing things if it works. Will keep you posted.

    @AjiNIMC – Great to hear. FYI, just to be clear, this is for real mail/snail mail, not email.

  • Here’s a hint about catalogs. I saved all my catalogs for three months, to make sure I had time to receive at least one of everything. Then I removed duplicates (making sure to keep one copy for each addressee at my home), and THEN I canceled them at Green Dimes. My thought was that I would be less likely to cancel something twice that way (thus ending up BACK on their evil lists).

    I signed up for Green Dimes last April, and have definitely noticed a reduction in our junk mail.

  • Shripriya

    Karen – great idea. I will follow your method and see if I can rid myself of the pesky catalogs!

  • ihatespam

    Fake… I signed up over a month ago and have not had any noticeable decrease in junk mail.

  • Mikey

    Love GreenDimes, been using them for 6 months now, the key is to login and update your unsubscribe list..

  • alieda

    Hi Shri! I was just looking into subscribing to Green Dimes and your review popped up as the second hit on Google. Have you found it to be effective?

    Hope you are keeping well. I just got back from India so let’s have dosas soon.

  • Natalie

    Right now, greendimes.org is offering their annual service for $20! This includes stopping the junk mail and planting ten trees.

  • GreenDimes here,

    Thanks for the spreading the word. We really appreciate it.

  • Shripriya

    @Alieda – it actually has worked for us. We are seeing less junk. As Mikey mentions above, if you want it to work on your catalogs too, you just need to keep the ones you want to unsubscribe from, go over to the greendimes site and add them to the list to be removed. The reason to be careful is b/c if you add a catalog you actually don’t receive the icky catalog company will then *add* you to the list!

    I know we keep missing each other – why don’t you come by this week?

    @ihatespam – you have to give it longer than a month

    @Mikey – yep, you are right!

    @Natalie – thanks for the heads up.

    @Sanjdimes – Happy to… glad it works!

  • Helena from Croatia

    I love your blog… Keep us posting…

  • Hey there – Tried signing up for Green Dimes, keeps declining my payment, though I know the problem is not on my end. Anybody have similar problems? I want to do this, but they won’t take my money!

    Can you suggest a similar service that has a working shopping cart?

    @ihatespam: it takes 3 months before you’ll notice a difference – says so on the site

  • Shripriya

    @Bob Nolin – Have you tried to contact support on their site? I am sure they would try to resolve the issue immediately to enable you to sign up and pay… Good luck!

    And it is definitely working for me!

  • this was a nice experience of u with the shopping and credit card,.
    i really love this post to see the green loving attitude.and i really feel that u have the same feeling i have with tree.

    thanks

  • i've picked up the latest catalog and it's definitely looking good.

  • The problem is companies make it way to hard to go green and have paperless filings. There should be a simple box to tick and you would be done with it. Instead you have to fill out a zillion forms.

  • Even though your comment makes sense, you are so clearly here b/c of that stupid page rank post. How lame that you have to resort to such methods to promote your site! Lol.

  • Green dimes, green gadgets and i think the day is not far away when outer wall of your house will be green in color.. might be not by choice but by govt order 🙂 lol…

  • anne marie

    I spent A LOT of time – every day for weeks registering EVERY piece of junk mail that I received – especially sales magazines. I have to say it was nearly a 100% WASTE OF TIME. In several cases, I even contacted the sender directly as I was told to do by Green Dimes (not sure what the service that they provided there was) Even though I was confirmed that nearly all of my entries would cease – I continue to receive TONS of junk every day – including the ones that I opted out of… The holiday level of junk mail was unprecedented – 6 months out from my registering! I would love to hear about a site that REALLY does end junk mail. Don't waste your time with Green Dimes

  • I will follow your method and see if I can rid myself of the pesky catalogs!

  • It makes sense. I alway wondered why we have a “Do not call list” but don't have a “Do not mail register”

  • thanks!

  • This is a great idea. My friend, who is a high schooler, also has a site called Shield of Green which performs the same service as Green Dimes. Keep up the good work.

  • Green dimes are cool

  • This sounds almost too good to be true. Keep us posted.

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  • even if you have do not call list, they'd still call you …. :p

  • riefz

    i wonder. if this can be happen…:)
    keep us posted okay

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  • nagpur1

    It is a high time that we need a donot email registry. But see spammers will always look out for the new & innovative ways to send email. We need the stringent laws to implement as well.