Friday, April 27, 2012

Junk Mail

  • More than 100 BILLION pieces of junk mail fill our mailboxes every year.  
  • This figures out to be 900 pieces per household.
  • The junk mail enterprise unnecessarily destroys 100 million trees per year.
  • Junk mail is one of the major contributors to climate change.
  • Junk mail produces more than 51 million metric tons of greenhouses gases each year.....equal to more than 9 million passenger cars, firing 11 coal power plants, combining emissions of 11 states, mowing more than 20 billion lawns, driving nearly 5 million school buses, and heating nearly 13 million homes.
What's the solution?

Most of the unsolicited mail we receive has a return address on the envelope.  All we have to do is cross out our name and write "return to sender," and politely send it back. The company ends up paying the return postage, and we all know they aren't going to want to keep that up.

Consider this ridiculous scenario.......

1.  A company pays the U.S. Postal Service postage so it can send junk mail.
2.  An employee of that company is paid to deposit the junk in a post office receptacle.
3.  The U.S. Postal Service flies by plane or drives by truck the same junk mail to be delivered to its recipient.
4.  Another postal employee sorts through and places the junk mail in our mail box.
5.  We, in turn, find the unwanted mail cluttering our mail box.
and, here's the real real kicker.....
6.  The U.S. Postal Service provides the cardboard waste basket in which to dispose of it.

And, we're letting our forests be ripped out so this senseless cycle can continue?