A few months ago, Maywa mentioned a service called Greendimes, which — in exchange for $5 $3 a month — will take over the arduous task of reducing your junk mail by getting your name off distribution lists. It will also plant a tree in your name each month.

Partly thanks to procrastination and desperation, my wife and I gave the service as a Christmas gift to a few people this year, including my mother-in-law.

Here’s an email exchange my MIL just had with Greendimes.

MIL:

I received a membership as a Christmas gift from my daughter and son-in-law and was delighted to learn of your organization and its efforts. As an individual, I have worked diligently for nearly 20 years to eliminate or at least minimize the amount of junk mail I receive. It truly is a never-ending task which requires frequent effort, time and money. Other people I have encouraged to follow my example have complained that it is simply “too much trouble” so they continue to add all that unwanted paper to their garbage (or here in Seattle, their recycling) cans. Now I can offer them a simple and effective alternative.

Keep up the good work!

PS I plant a tree to celebrate each of my grandchildren’s birthdays, so am doubly pleased to know that my tree planting efforts are expanded through Green Dimes.

Greendimes founder Pankaj Shah:

Thank you so much!

How many grand children do you have? How about we plant some trees on their behalf, too?

MIL:

I have four…a five year old grand daughter and three grandsons aged 3-1/2, 3 and 17 months. The trees I plant represent my hope for the future of the world they will inherit.

Shah, cc’ing his assistant:

Wow, congratulations. Brigitta, send American Forests enough money to plant 400 trees (100 for each grandchild). Just figure out what the cost is and ask Lena to cut the check during the next run.

Have a great day!

Planting 100 trees for each of my kids? That earns you the Official Gristmill Endorsement. Hats off to you, Greendimes.