Junk Mail

Stack of opened envelopes

 

For most people, paper junk mail is a nuisance and a waste of air cleaning trees. Americans cut down over 100 million CO2 absorbing trees each year just for junk mail and that which is not recycled, ends up in a landfill or incinerator, creating a massive amount of greenhouse gases. Burning fossil fuels for the paper, ink, printing and transportation for over 100 billion pieces a year, puts around 50 billion metric tons of CO2 into our fragile atmosphere. Junk mail’s impact is equivalent to the energy used, and pollution from, over 9 million cars or heating 13 million homes through an average US winter. Not only is junk mail a direct cause of climate changing pollution but sorting, reading and recycling it can take up to 8 months of your life. Sure, it’s often informative for a few, but the enormous volume of paper junk mail is adversely affecting the biosphere. How can we take steps to reduce unwanted junk mail and how might that reduce climate-changing pollution? Join us to hear about services that can stop your junk mail and help the biosphere.

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Leigh Cushing
EcoCycle
303.444.6634

 

Sander DeVries
41pounds.org
586-823-0324

 

Catalog Choice

https://www.catalogchoice.org/

 

Univ. of Texas:

Mail Preference Service 
Direct Marketing Association 
P.O. Box 9008 
Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008

Write “please activate the mail preference service”.

Include your name, address, and zip code.

Within 3 months, 75% of your junk mail will vanish.

http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/eco-friendly/junk-mail-47080803#ixzz1dubH4q14

http://www.ecocycle.org/junkmail/faqs

http://www.ecocycle.org/junkmail/stop-junk-mail#environment

http://forestethics.org/downloads/ClimateReport.pdf

http://bullwinkle.as.utexas.edu/junkmail/dma.html

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