There are several ways to stop unwanted junk mail from appearing in your mailbox – but this one seems to be one of the easiest. The PaperKarma mobile app lets users submit a photo of junk mail they’d like to stop receiving, and then voila, no more junk mail.
According to Readable, the company behind PaperKarma, around 44% of unsolicited mail in the US ends up in landfills each year without ever being opened. The PaperKarma app aims to reduce that enormous waste and save a few trees along the way.
The app is brilliant in its simplicity. Users take a picture of an unwanted piece of junk mail and then press “send” to become unsubscribed from the mailing list that generated it. The company explains: “We work closely with the source companies to help you unsubscribe from catalogs, magazines, credit card offers, etc. and optionally – i.e., if you explicitly choose to – convert you to the corresponding online (email) versions.”
Launched earlier this year, the free PaperKarma app is available for Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone.