Take Back Your Mailbox

What did I dread most after a road trip this summer? Plowing through the mountain of junk mail that piled up while I was gone. I wish I’d heard about 41pounds.org before I left. This nonprofit organization is named for the 41 pounds of junk mail the average adult gets each year. The company was founded by the three DeVries brothers (on the right) who turned their own frustration with junk mail into a service that stops up to 95% of unwanted deliveries. Sure, it’s something anyone could do — but, honestly, who has the time? For $41, 41pounds.org will protect your mailbox from unwanted junk for five years, plus donate $15 to the charity of your choice. Total charitable contribution: $100,000 and counting. Daily Grommet tested the service and is feeling pleasingly junk mail free. Think of the time saved sifting through all that stuff. Think of the paper kept out of landfills. Think of the smile on your letter carrier’s face. The service is customizable, so you still get the catalogs you want. That’s important – because my daughter would be heartbroken if her American Girl catalog didn’t make it.

41pounds.org

Eliminate Your Junk Mail

Take Back Your Mailbox

What did I dread most after a road trip this summer? Plowing through the mountain of junk mail that piled up while I was gone. I wish I’d heard about 41pounds.org before I left. This nonprofit organization is named for the 41 pounds of junk mail the average adult gets each year. The company was founded by the three DeVries brothers (on the right) who turned their own frustration with junk mail into a service that stops up to 95% of unwanted deliveries. Sure, it’s something anyone could do — but, honestly, who has the time? For $41, 41pounds.org will protect your mailbox from unwanted junk for five years, plus donate $15 to the charity of your choice. Total charitable contribution: $100,000 and counting. Daily Grommet tested the service and is feeling pleasingly junk mail free. Think of the time saved sifting through all that stuff. Think of the paper kept out of landfills. Think of the smile on your letter carrier’s face. The service is customizable, so you still get the catalogs you want. That’s important – because my daughter would be heartbroken if her American Girl catalog didn’t make it.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Sander
    Sander

    We get it. You're tired of junk mail in your mailbox, and you know there's a list of things you can do to minimize it. The thing is, who really has the time to go through that checklist? That's where we come in -- we've got you covered.

    41pounds.org stops your junk mail and catalogs — protecting the environment. Junk mail wastes an incredible amount of natural resources and contributes to global warming. We're a nonprofit dedicated to helping the environment. In fact, we donate more than 1/3 of your fee to the environmental or community organization of your choice, such as Born Free USA, EcoCycle, Friends of the Urban Forest, StopGlobalWarming.org, and others. Thanks for taking the time to learn more about what we do -- we look forward to reading your comments and are happy to answer your questions.

  • marie
    marie
    8/7/2009 12:20 PM

    This is a wonderful service - we are signing up!

  • tom
    tom
    8/7/2009 12:55 PM

    Awesome! Didn't know such thing existed.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    8/7/2009 1:19 PM

    @Tom....That's what we're here for....finding the good stuff so you can just enjoy it and support these wonderful services and products. It's such fun work. But be sure to let us know about your special finds....we get lots of ideas from people submitting. There's a form on our site, bottom, or email us: [email protected]

  • Sam
    Sam
    8/7/2009 10:13 PM

    What if I've got magazines and circulars that I want to continue to receive (like from Target ... Sports Authority)? I really like thisidea, and like everyone else can't stand junk mail, but I'm afraid that things I want (or need) won't get through. Can you explain a bit more about how you make sure you don't miss out on important mail?

  • Sally
    Sally
    8/7/2009 10:54 PM

    Junk mail is just about the only thing keeping the post office from going out of business.

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Grommet Team
    8/8/2009 3:24 PM

    @Sam, 41pounds.org stops most common junk mail such as credit card offers, coupon mailers, sweepstakes entries, and magazine offers when you sign up. You can specify any catalogs you do not wish to receive (and you can add more catalogs to your list any time.). Otherwise you will still receive the catalogs you'd like. Hope this is helpful. Feel free to click "buy it now" to connect direct to the 41pounds site to explore a bit further.

  • Lara
    Lara
    8/11/2009 2:08 PM

    It's a great idea but I like to control which junk I get, so I use the free catalogchoice.org.

  • DJP
    DJP
    8/11/2009 5:44 PM

    @Lara, I signed up for Catalog Choice a year ago and I found that it only controls a portion of the junk mail. I'm going to try 41Pounds now. It's clear from the Grommet video that it did the trick.

  • dma
    dma
    8/28/2009 2:33 PM

    $41 seems a lot to pay for a service one can get for less. I signed up with DMAchoice several years ago for $1 and was able to stop most of my junk mail. The cost may have gone up but they seem to offer a customised service.

    https://www.dmachoice.org/dma/member/home.action

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    8/28/2009 4:43 PM

    @dma - let us know how that goes. This did seem a reasonable cost to us since it covers you for 5 years and translates to $8.20 a year. Remember, they'll customize for you and stay on top of it ... their guarantee really does cover you and it's a great service for people who don't really want to do the legwork themselves. Be sure to stop back and tell us what you think, though - we're always interested in hearing about alternatives.

  • dma
    dma
    9/1/2009 11:43 AM

    @jeanne, looks like I was unclear. I did sign up at DMAchoice several years ago, paid $1 and no longer receive "common junk mail such as credit card offers, coupon mailers, sweepstakes entries, and magazine offers". I continued to receive catalogs from stores that I had shopped online from and was able to stop those by using Catalog Choice. So, yes, it does work and for $1 is much cheaper and more worthwhile than the $41 you are advocating.

  • SoundsGreat
    SoundsGreat
    9/12/2009 10:57 AM

    It sounds like this is a great product. As of today we are evaluating how much junk mail we usually get to determine what the benefits are for this service for our home and businesses.

    *One of the positive things about this service is the $15 they will be donated to the charity of your choice. Which mean really you are only paying $26 for 5 years or $5.20 per month.

    *Another positive factor is keeping the mailers out of our trash and recycle.

    I will have to recommend this service to quite a few of our supporters.

    BTW, my nonprofit organization Help is Here (Pathways To Another Option), is here to train unemployed individuals, place them into jobs with competitive salaries and comprehensive benefit packages and Support/Strengthen the Community.

  • Margaret E.
    Margaret E.
    6/27/2010 2:05 PM

    My 85 year old mother has dementia and constantly buys and contributes to anything that comes to her in the mail or by phone. Can I use this service FOR her?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/27/2010 11:47 PM

    This service will drastically cut back on the amount of catalogs and other temptations that come to her. What a great idea!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

41pounds.org

Eliminate Your Junk Mail

Take Back Your Mailbox

What did I dread most after a road trip this summer? Plowing through the mountain of junk mail that piled up while I was gone.

I wish I’d heard about 41pounds.org before I left. This nonprofit organization is named for the 41 pounds of junk mail the average adult gets each year. The company was founded by the three DeVries brothers (on the right) who turned their own frustration with junk mail into a service that stops up to 95% of unwanted deliveries. Sure, it’s something anyone could do — but, honestly, who has
the time?

For $41, 41pounds.org will protect your mailbox from unwanted junk for five years, plus donate $15 to the charity of your choice. Total charitable contribution: $100,000 and counting.

Daily Grommet tested the service and is feeling pleasingly junk mail free. Think of the time saved sifting through all that stuff. Think of the paper kept out of landfills. Think of the smile on your letter carrier’s face.

The service is customizable, so you still get the catalogs you want. That’s important – because my daughter would be heartbroken if her American Girl catalog didn’t make it.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Sander
    Sander

    We get it. You're tired of junk mail in your mailbox, and you know there's a list of things you can do to minimize it. The thing is, who really has the time to go through that checklist? That's where we come in -- we've got you covered.

    41pounds.org stops your junk mail and catalogs — protecting the environment. Junk mail wastes an incredible amount of natural resources and contributes to global warming. We're a nonprofit dedicated to helping the environment. In fact, we donate more than 1/3 of your fee to the environmental or community organization of your choice, such as Born Free USA, EcoCycle, Friends of the Urban Forest, StopGlobalWarming.org, and others. Thanks for taking the time to learn more about what we do -- we look forward to reading your comments and are happy to answer your questions.

  • marie
    marie
    8/7/2009 12:20 PM

    This is a wonderful service - we are signing up!

  • tom
    tom
    8/7/2009 12:55 PM

    Awesome! Didn't know such thing existed.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    8/7/2009 1:19 PM

    @Tom....That's what we're here for....finding the good stuff so you can just enjoy it and support these wonderful services and products. It's such fun work. But be sure to let us know about your special finds....we get lots of ideas from people submitting. There's a form on our site, bottom, or email us: [email protected]

  • Sam
    Sam
    8/7/2009 10:13 PM

    What if I've got magazines and circulars that I want to continue to receive (like from Target ... Sports Authority)? I really like thisidea, and like everyone else can't stand junk mail, but I'm afraid that things I want (or need) won't get through. Can you explain a bit more about how you make sure you don't miss out on important mail?

  • Sally
    Sally
    8/7/2009 10:54 PM

    Junk mail is just about the only thing keeping the post office from going out of business.

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Grommet Team
    8/8/2009 3:24 PM

    @Sam, 41pounds.org stops most common junk mail such as credit card offers, coupon mailers, sweepstakes entries, and magazine offers when you sign up. You can specify any catalogs you do not wish to receive (and you can add more catalogs to your list any time.). Otherwise you will still receive the catalogs you'd like. Hope this is helpful. Feel free to click "buy it now" to connect direct to the 41pounds site to explore a bit further.

  • Lara
    Lara
    8/11/2009 2:08 PM

    It's a great idea but I like to control which junk I get, so I use the free catalogchoice.org.

  • DJP
    DJP
    8/11/2009 5:44 PM

    @Lara, I signed up for Catalog Choice a year ago and I found that it only controls a portion of the junk mail. I'm going to try 41Pounds now. It's clear from the Grommet video that it did the trick.

  • dma
    dma
    8/28/2009 2:33 PM

    $41 seems a lot to pay for a service one can get for less. I signed up with DMAchoice several years ago for $1 and was able to stop most of my junk mail. The cost may have gone up but they seem to offer a customised service.

    https://www.dmachoice.org/dma/member/home.action

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    8/28/2009 4:43 PM

    @dma - let us know how that goes. This did seem a reasonable cost to us since it covers you for 5 years and translates to $8.20 a year. Remember, they'll customize for you and stay on top of it ... their guarantee really does cover you and it's a great service for people who don't really want to do the legwork themselves. Be sure to stop back and tell us what you think, though - we're always interested in hearing about alternatives.

  • dma
    dma
    9/1/2009 11:43 AM

    @jeanne, looks like I was unclear. I did sign up at DMAchoice several years ago, paid $1 and no longer receive "common junk mail such as credit card offers, coupon mailers, sweepstakes entries, and magazine offers". I continued to receive catalogs from stores that I had shopped online from and was able to stop those by using Catalog Choice. So, yes, it does work and for $1 is much cheaper and more worthwhile than the $41 you are advocating.

  • SoundsGreat
    SoundsGreat
    9/12/2009 10:57 AM

    It sounds like this is a great product. As of today we are evaluating how much junk mail we usually get to determine what the benefits are for this service for our home and businesses.

    *One of the positive things about this service is the $15 they will be donated to the charity of your choice. Which mean really you are only paying $26 for 5 years or $5.20 per month.

    *Another positive factor is keeping the mailers out of our trash and recycle.

    I will have to recommend this service to quite a few of our supporters.

    BTW, my nonprofit organization Help is Here (Pathways To Another Option), is here to train unemployed individuals, place them into jobs with competitive salaries and comprehensive benefit packages and Support/Strengthen the Community.

  • Margaret E.
    Margaret E.
    6/27/2010 2:05 PM

    My 85 year old mother has dementia and constantly buys and contributes to anything that comes to her in the mail or by phone. Can I use this service FOR her?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/27/2010 11:47 PM

    This service will drastically cut back on the amount of catalogs and other temptations that come to her. What a great idea!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.