How much junk mail ends up in your mail box each week and what do you do with it? If you’re like most of us you recycle or just throw away most of it without much more than a glance. What a waste!
This paper waste from junk mail is a symptom of the societal consumerism that is a huge contributor to the environmental crisis our planet is in the midst of. This waste can also been found in offices, from printed paper usage, boxes used for packaging, free shopping catalogs, and anywhere paper is used a single time for no real purpose.
Finding alternatives to paper bags is only one issue. There are so many other ways we can make changes to reduce or replace paper.
Since most of us would agree that junk mail is a waste of resources. Here are some facts and figures to back this up:
The average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year. 44% goes to the landfill unopened.
On average, we receive 16 pieces of junk mail a week, compared to only 1.5 personal letters.
The majority of household waste consists of 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.
Transporting junk mail costs $550 million a year.
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.(From 41pounds.org)
We can all take steps to make a difference in the amount of paper used in our homes and work places.
Finding ways to go without paper and replace paper is easy and our planet and its creatures will thank you!