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Hey Kids (and Parents)! Cancel a Catalog and Help Save the Earth

Thursday, January 24th, 2008


What’s better for the Earth than recycling unwanted catalogs? Not getting a mailbox full of them in the first place. This morning on the Today Show, I learned about a new website that is making it easy to just say no to unwanted catalogs.

In an effort to help the environment, elementary-school kids at The Park School in Brookline, Mass. — with the help of catalogchoice.org — canceled 4,175 unwanted catalog subscriptions in a single month. That’s a lot of trees and energy saved!

My 12-year-old son, Matt, just saw the movie An Inconvenient Truth in his 6th-grade science class, and it made a real impression on him — and sparked some interesting dinner-table conversation. It’s so easy for kids — and adults — to think that there’s not much one person can do. Well, the individual kids at The Park School certainly did their part, and it added up to something meaningful.

I’m going to start collecting our catalogs and asking Matt to go to this website to request that they stop coming. (You are asked to type in the catalog code when making your request, for easier identification.) That’s one small thing our family can do to help.