41 Pounds: No More Junk Mail!

Posted on March 31, 2007 Under Life

I followed a reader tip to 41pounds.org, and was delighted to read about this junk mail battling organization. I hate junk mail more than anything– every time I open my mailbox and it’s overflowing with crap, I can’t help but to think how much of a waste it is. Why can’t Dominos Pizza use the freaking internet to advertise? Did you know that every year you get about (you guessed it) 41 lbs. of junk mail? 41pounds is equally fed up, and they’ve decided to do something about it. For $41 per 5 years of service, they will contact the 20 or so companies that are responsible for filling your mailbox with pizza coupons and have you taken off of their list. On top of that, they’ll donate more than half of their profits to charities supporting education, conservation, and re-forestation efforts. From all of us (except those of you who make money off of junk mail marketing): thank you 41pounds.org! More freaky facts about junk mail after el jumpo…

Via idunited

Junk Mail as it Affects You:

More than 4 million tons (62,000,000,000 (billion) pieces) of junk mail are produced yearly.

California's state and local governments spend $500,000 each year collecting and disposing of AOL's direct mail disks alone.

$320 million of local taxes are used to dispose of unsolicited mail each year.
It costs $550 million yearly to transport junk mail.

Junk Mail as it Affects the Environment:

100 million trees are ground up each year for unsolicited mail.

42% of timber harvested nationwide ends up as pulpwood for paper.

It wastes 28 billion gallons of water for paper processing each year.

If you cut your bulk mail for 5 years, you'll conserve 1.7 trees, 700 gallons of water and prevent 460 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the air.