Detox Your Mailbox

In by Dylan Woods

Days 8 & 9

You’ve Got (Too Much) Mail

On average, we received 41 pounds of junk mail every year (almost half of which goes to the landfill unopened)!

Removing yourself from direct-mailing lists is effective, but some junk mail may still slip through the cracks. Remember to recycle the mail you don’t want.

Every year enough paper is thrown away to make a 12-foot-high wall stretching from New York to California. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recycling just 1 ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, two barrels of oil and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of energy.