We received 351.5 pounds of junk mail at our home office last year (1999). We had a the question a few weeks ago from Joyce wondering how many trees that equaled. From the research we've done:
351.5 pounds of junk mail equals approximately
1238 gallons of water
82.4 gallons of oil
725.7 kilowatt hours of electricity
104 pounds of air pollution particulates
and will take
.52 cubic yards of landfill space if not recycled.
This does not include colored inks, postal and transportation costs, (gasoline, oil, emissions.)
What's sad is that we did not request any of it and it is not read. We do recycle and use as much as possible but would rather not have to receive mail we don't want.
An email was going around at one time that said we could probably eliminate junk mail if we put all of our junk mail plus the envelopes in which they send them to us inside those postage paid envelopes some companies include in their junk mail. The companies would have to pay all that postage and maybe that would put a stop to it. Of course the email said to make sure your name or other personal information was not on anything you return to the companies. If a company did not send a postage paid envelope, put that in a different company's postage paid envelope anyway. I think it is a great suggestion, but would only work if everyone did it.
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