Today I received another huge envelope of barely-recycled (30%) paper from the environmental charity NRDC (National Resources Defense Council).
Apparently, if you ever give to them, they will send you loads of white paper in the mail for the rest of your life. How ironic, especially considering I've requested not to receive any mail from them.
Four years ago, I emailed them asking to be removed from their databases. They assured me that I would no longer receive paper mail from them.
Subject: Reply from NRDC RE: membership: a waste of paper!
Date: Fri, 23 May 2003 10:08:47 -0400
Dear Mr. ------,
Again, thank you for contacting NRDC. We have updated your record so you do
not receive any paper mail from us. Please be advised though, that your old
record may have already been selected for a mailing or publication before this
change was made. You can rest assured, however, that the change has been made.
NRDC Membership and Public Education
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2003 12:50 PM
Subject: Re: Reply from NRDC RE: membership: a waste of paper!
[...] sending out a pile
of paper each time someone contributes is wrong. If NRDC
can not address this problem directly, it will lose me as a
member. I may even write an article critizing NRDC for the
For now, please remove my mailing address from your list
and refrain from sending me anything in the mail again.
--- membership wrote:
> Dear Mr. ------,
> Thank you for contacting NRDC. Before we removed you
> from our Membership database completely, I did want you
> to know that you do have the option to only receive email
> notifications from NRDC. Is this something you would
> prefer, or would you still like to end your Membership
> with NRDC. Please let us know your wishes and we will
> update your record immediately. Thank you for your past
> support of NRDC.
> Katharine Houston
> NRDC Membership and Public Education
While NRDC does pay lip service to the environmental damage caused by paper use, they're unwilling to make changes in their own organization to avoid waste.
The U.S. has less than 5% of the world’s population, but consumes 30% of the world’s paper. Only 5% of America’s virgin forests remain, while 70% of the fiber consumed by the pulp and paper industry continues to be generated from virgin wood.