100 Million Trees Killed for Junk Mail Each Year

April 11, 2018 at 4:01 pm

Junk mail destroys 100 million trees and creates 50 million tons of greenhouse gases per year. Most of it goes straight to a landfill. Here’s how to opt out:

The average American household receives 1.5 trees-worth of junk mail (848 pieces) every year.

That’s more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined —
the equivalent of deforesting three Rocky Mountain National Parks per year.

Largely due to deforestation, junk mail manufacturing creates as much greenhouse gas emissions annually as 9 million cars, or every car in Los Angles and New York City combined.

Almost 80 percent of junk mail (over 5 million tons per year) ends up in a landfill, most of it unopened.

The small percentage of junk mail and catalogs that are recyclable use 28 billion gallons of water per year in the recycling process.

Americans spend $370 million annually to dispose of unwanted mail.

Ready to stop the madness? It’s easy.

The Story of Stuff Project has a free online service called Catalog Choice that helps you opt-out of unwanted catalogs and other junk mail.

Since its launch in 2007, the project has kept over a million trees in the ground, a billion pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere, and tons and tons of paper waste out of landfills.

Spread the word!