Finding alternatives to paper bags is only one issue. There are so many other ways we can make changes to reduce or replace paper.

 

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.

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!

 

 

Other ways to reduce and replace paper by reducing your junk mail:

  1. www.41pounds.org is an organization that can eliminate up to 80-95% of junk mailings for you by contacting dozens of direct marketers on your behalf.
  2. Register with the Mail Preference Service of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). DMA will list you in its database in the “Do Not Mail” category. Direct marketers are not required to check the database, but most companies that send large volumes of bulk mail do use the DMA service.
  3. Go to OptOutPreScreen.com, which can enable you to remove your name from lists that mortgage, credit card and insurance companies use to mail you offers and solicitations. It’s a centralized website run by the four major credit bureaus in the United States: Equifax, Experian, Innovis, and TransUnion.
  4. Contact companies that send your junk mail and asked to be removed.
  5. For help in reducing your junk mail, websites, such as unsubscribe.com and stopthejunkmail.com, provide further assistance or guidelines for reducing junk mail and other instructions.