Junk Mail Weighing you Down?

Junk Mail Weighing you Down?

Did you know that the average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year?  Help your bloated mailbox go on a diet!  By reducing your junk mail, you are saving trees, reducing global warming, and conserving water.

The Effect of your Bloated Mailbox Today

  • Junk mail destroys 100 million trees every year.
  • 44% of junk mail goes to the landfill unopened.
  • On average, Americans receive 16 pieces of junk mail a week, compared to only 1.5 personal letters.
  • Each of us wastes 70 hours of precious time each year dealing with junk mail.
  • 40% of the solid mass that makes up our landfills is paper and paperboard waste.
  • Junk mail inks have high concentrations of heavy metals, making the paper difficult to recycle.
  • $320 million of local taxes are used to dispose of junk mail each year.
  • The pulp and paper industry is the single largest consumer of water used in industrial activities in developed countries, and it’s the third-largest industrial greenhouse gas emitter (after the chemical and steel industries).  28 billion gallons of water are wasted to produce and recycle junk each year.
  • Creating and shipping junk mail produces more greenhouse gas emissions than 9 million cars.

 

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Cherie DeAngelis

Cherie DeAngelis is a mom of two, an all-round green gabber, and Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Celadon Road, Inc.

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