Below we have provided just a handful of many relevant and realistic figures that not
only verify the need for junk mail reduction, but also reveal staggering truths about
consumption, waste, and its impact on the environment.
Stop Junk Mail — a Personal Nuisance & Environmental Hazard
- Save trees. More than 100 million trees are destroyed each to produce junk mail. 42% of timber harvested nationwide becomes pulpwood for paper.
- Reduce global warming. The energy used to produce and dispose of junk mail exceeds 2.8 million cars.
- Save water. About 28 billion gallons of water are wasted to produce and recycle junk each year.
Protect Your Identity
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, like
your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to
commit fraud or other crimes.
- The FTC estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year.
- By stopping credit card offers and other junk mail, you’ll help protect your identity from theft and fraud.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Financial Crimes Report to the Public, Fiscal 2006, a key preventive measure to protecting yourself against identity theft is removing your name from mailing lists for per-approved credit lines and guarding your mail box.
Identity theft has become one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. The FTC estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. A recent survey attributes 2% to your mail.
An average out-of-pocket expense paid by victims of identity theft in 2006 was $1,613 dollars and it took over 164 hours to restore their credit standing.
The earlier you detect fraud, the easier and quicker it will be to clean up your credit files and regain your financial health.
Save Yourself Time
- Save time. You waste about 70 hours a dealing with junk mail. No more having to wade through stacks of clutter to get to your important mail.
Your Mailbox Today
- The pulp and paper industry is the single largest consumer of water used in industrial activities in developed countries, and it’s the third-largest industrial greenhouse gas emitter (after the chemical and steel industries).
- The average adult receives 560 pieces of junk mail each year. 44% goes to the landfill unopened.
- On average, we receive 10.8 pieces of junk mail a week, compared to only 1.5 personal letters.
- More than 62 billion pieces (4 million tons) of junk mail are produced each year.
- The majority of household waste consists of junk mail.
- 40% of the solid mass that makes up our landfills is paper and paperboard waste. Predictions are it will increase to 48% by 2010.
- Junk mail inks have high concentrations of heavy metals, making the paper difficult to recycle.
- $320 million of local taxes are used to dispose of junk mail each year.
- Transporting junk mail costs $550 million a year.
- Lists of names and addresses used in bulk mailings reside in mass data-collection networks. Your name is typically worth 3 to 20 cents each time it is sold.
Your Mailbox Tomorrow
- By reducing your junk mail for 5 years, you’ll conserve 1.7 trees and 700 gallons of water, and prevent 460 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere — and you’ll gain about 350 hours of free time!