The "RETURN TO WASTER" Stamps are available from this Etsy Seller.
It takes 100 Million (100,000,000) trees to create the junk mail that is sent out in one year. It takes 28 billion gallons of water to make this junk mail and the average person wastes 70 hours a year dealing with junk mail…. so in other words… JUNK MAIL IS BAD. There are several services available to help you reduce the amount of junk mail you receive. For example, you can register with the Direct Marketing Associations “do-not-mail list” and be careful where you fill out your name and address. Even if you follow all the steps you will most likely still receive some (hopefully less) junk mail, so what do you do with it? Well recycle it is the obvious answer, but I found this “Return To Waster” stamp idea at the ToyBox that I thought was interesting. In the post they advocate sending it back to the sender with the following message stamped on it…
“RETURN TO WASTER, You are contributing to the 100 million trees wasted in creating junk mail”.
A great local stamp shop here in NH run by a woman named Karen sells them (get them from her on Etsy). They are a very small business but have an online store and they are going to sell the stamps at a discounted price so you will be able to buy one of your own for $11. That includes the 4" x 1" hand made wooden rubber stamp and a red ink pad. If you already have your own ink pad you can buy just the stamp for $7!
Here is what the stamp says:
I did some research at the Post Office and found that for Bulk Mail (the things addressed to "RESIDENT") if you stamp it and return it the Post Office just ends up recycling it, unless the marketer paid a little extra for a forwarding or return service which they do to make sure their lists are accurate and up to date. First class mail which a lot of credit card applications and other letters use will be returned to the sender. I still think this is a great idea and I encourage everyone to sign up for the do-not-mail lists and then stamp and return everything that still slips through.
Here are some links to info on reducing your Junk mail: