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Reduce Junk Mail in a Snap with PaperKarma

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Jessica
04.11.12

Phone books make great doorstops. Catalogs make great fly swatters. But, at the end of the day, we call it junk mail for a reason -- it’s unwanted. Every year, the average household gets nearly 800 pieces of junk mail. Don’t you wish there was an easier way to stop the never-ending stream of snail mail spam? Now there is: Junk mail, meet Karma.

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PaperKarma is a mobile app designed by two Microsoft guys to help you easily unsubscribe from the junk mail of your choosing. Simply use the PaperKarma App to snap a picture of the offending catalog or mailer and within 24 hours they will unsubscribe you from the spammer’s distribution list. The app has a database of 10,000 “junk-mail-offenders,” so you can really clean house when it comes to your mailbox.

Why do we love it? In addition to saving fingers from paper cuts, it’s a great way to save trees from loggers. Of the 41 pounds of junk mail that the average adult gets every year, close to half ends up in a landfill.

PaperKarma is free for the first four submissions and you have the option of buying a year's worth of service ($9.99). This app works on any iPhone or Android. Visit PaperKarma for more details.

For other helpful apps for your home, check out: Home Maintenance: There's an App for That!

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