More than 100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water are wasted to produce junk mail. Producing and shipping junk mail produces more greenhouse gas emissions than 9 million cars. The average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year, 44% of which goes to the landfill unopened, and wastes 70 hours each year dealing with junk mail.
Kick junk mail to the curb using these eco-friendly tips:
- Switch to paperless billing
- Opt out of direct mail marketing by contacting the Direct Marketing Association (DMA)
- Remove yourself from lists that send credit card offers, mortgage refinancing offers, and other preapproved offers by calling 1-888-5OPT-OUT or visit www.optoutprescreen.com
- Finally, cancel all unread catalogs and mailings
Remember that these specialty mailings often use high-gloss color-printed paper or cardstock, which wastes even more resources. Start cancelling your junk mail now, and make a difference by making less of an impact.