I have been trying to go green in as many aspects of my life as possible. I know it is super hard for most people including me, but there are little steps you can take. For example, this month I have decided to opt out of mailing lists and discontinue receiving paper catalogs.

First, I contacted a number of catalogs I know that I get and don’t want anymore. If you don’t remember all the ones you get, you can go to or I’ve decided not to opt out of Ikea because I get it once or twice a year and I read it over and over. Plus, their website stinks.

Then, I opted out of all those pre-approved letters I get that just end up in the garbage. I went here:

If anyone knows of any other ways to stop receiving junk mail, please let me know! If I could get rid of those coupon circulars, that would be ideal.

More paper saving and earth-friendly ideas for the rest of the year:

– Use 100% recycled copy paper

– Buy a fake Christmas tree and forgo the lights this year

– Buy recycled paper holiday cards printed with soy inks or send e-cards

– Give reusable grocery bags as holiday gifts

Anybody else want to participate? Leave your tip in the comments.

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.