Here are twenty reason to eliminate junk mail. Works for me ! How about you ?
1. The benefit of reducing negative environmental impact is nearly incalculable.
2. Labor costs would be reduced.
3. Excessive and uncompromising storage requirements would be eliminated from bulk.
4. Trash collections would be lighter on community sanitation efforts
5. Landfills less overflowing.
6. Keep trees in the forest. More than 100 million trees are destroyed each year to produce junk mail. 42% of timber harvested nationwide becomes pulpwood for paper.
7. Reduce global warming. The world's temperate forests absorb 2 billion tons of carbon annually. Creating and shipping junk mail produces more greenhouse gas emissions than 2.8 million cars.
8. Save water. About 28 billion gallons of water are wasted to produce and recycle junk each year.
9. Save time. You waste about 70 hours a year dealing with junk mail.
10. 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).
11. The average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year (about 560 pieces). 44% goes to the landfill unopened.
12. On average, we receive 10.8 pieces of junk mail a week, compared to only 1.5 personal letters.
13. More than 62 billion pieces (4 million tons) of junk mail are produced each year.
14. The majority of household waste consists of junk mail.
15. 40% of the solid mass that makes up our landfills is paper and paperboard waste.
16. Junk mail inks have high concentrations of heavy metals, making the paper difficult to recycle.
17. $320 million of local taxes are used to dispose of junk mail each year.
18. California's state and local governments spend $500,000 a year collecting and disposing of AOL's direct mail disks alone.
19. Transporting junk mail costs $550 million a year.
20. Lists of names and addresses used in bulk mailings reside in mass data-collection networks. Your name is typically worth 3 to 20 cents each time it is sold.
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