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It’s that time of year!
Since I didn’t renew my RHS membership back in March my local-authority-supplied kerbside paper recycling box has been unused. I don’t buy newspapers; I subscribe to online editions. I’m registered with Royal Mail’s “unaddressed mail opt-out” service; there’s a “no junk mail-no catalogues-no charity recyling bags” sticker on the letterbox; bills are all “online” save for the local council’s tax demands. So I have little paper to recycle most of the time. When Saga discovered I’d reached their qualifying age and started sending me offer letters for over-priced car/home/me insurance, funeral plans, stairlifts and wotnot, my shredder had to work a bit harder (and still does, Saga, please note, I don’t open the envelopes, just shred them with contents) to produce a volume of shreddings that gets saved up to mix with grass cuttings in the compost bin.
Actually I don’t really need the paper shreddings. I can’t avoid cardboard boxes and the torn up cardboard (minus globs of glue and any staples) is more than ample for my needs.
Most of the companies I buy stuff from have got the message and offer options for email/web only communications. Sarah Raven is an exception. I bought a pack of plants from her a few years ago in a sort of emergency – she was the only source I could find when slugs got into the greenhouse and destroyed every last one of my cosmos plants. She must have spent more on postage for the catalogues she keeps sending me than I paid for that pack of plants. The shredder does its thing though. As it does with Dobies who keep sending me catalogues advertising the stuff I’ve already bought from them online having received an email alert that the stuff’s on their web site.
I remember some years ago receiving, out of the blue, a catalogue from Thompson and Morgan with an accompanying letter informing me that unless I bought something from them “this year” they wouldn’t be sending any more catalogues. As I’d bought seeds and plants from them every year for as long as I could remember and never seen a catalogue before this came as a surprise. But that year, to be safe, I didn’t spend anything with them and so have never received a paper catalogue since. We conduct business happily online.
But thank God Christmas comes but once a year! It coincides with the daily thwock of catalogues falling to the floor below the letterbox. When I say “daily” I’m not exaggerating. This year I’ve received more catalogues than Christmas cards (particularly as the number of friends who, like me, now donate to charities what they would have spent on stamps keeps growing). I have a pile of cardboard ready to mix into the compost bin; I have two black bags of shredded paper ready to mix into the compost bin! I don’t want any more.
So, for Christmas, I’ve dusted off that paper recycling box and it’s full of unwanted catalogues. Unopened, unread catalogues!
I wonder how much the price of seeds and plants could be reduced if all the companies didn’t fork out their cash to pay for the printing and delivery of all the catalogues.
Is it too much to ask that these companies provide some way for us to opt not to receive junk mail? If Bakker, Jersey Plants, Thompson and Morgan and others can do it, why not the lot?