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Junk Mail

Every year, 85,000,000,000 catalogs, credit card offers, and other ads are sent to households. It requires literally 100 million trees’ worth of paper, and much of it is unwanted and discarded.

We can do something about it! Try our two-minute, three-step plan.

Step 1. Reduce, Reuse, AND Recycle.

Recycling is one part of the solution, but each one of us alone is a pretty small drop in the bucket. We can make a bigger difference by asking the Direct Marketing Association, which sets industry standards, to commit to cutting waste.

⇒  Join our pledge. Do your part, and ask junk mailers to do theirs. Click to learn more.

Already did this step? Click for Step 2.

Step 2. Opt-Out of Junk Mail.

Step 3. Spread the word!

 

Sources and more information:

Center for a New American Dream: “Junk your Junk Mail” – http://www.newdream.org/programs/beyond-consumerism/avoiding-advertising/junk-mail

US Postal Service, 2009 Household Diary Study: Mail Use and Attitudes in FY 2009. http://about.usps.com/studying-americans-mail-use/household-diary/2009/fullreport-pdf/usps-hds-fy09.pdf [note: PDF download]

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