Great Way to Go Eco: Kick Junk Mail to the Curb

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

-        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.

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