Tuesday, February 19, 2008

No Junk Mail Here...

In a bid to support my daughter I am currently going -
- without junk mail! Yes, hard I know!
Anika decided that too many trees are wasted in making junk mail, and that we needed a NO JUNK MAIL sign. Daddy and her made this a project and produced, printed and laminated their own homemade sign.

Now I have previously thought about doing this (after I watched a Greeny episode of Oprah that told of all the waste junk mail produces) but there were just a few catalogues I didn't want to give up! Being in the city we receive a LOT of junk mail... sometimes I wish I could make a sign that says " NO Junk Mail { except for X and X and X } I don't really need the cars guide, 2 of the local magazine wannabees, liquor mart, most restaurants, massage, hair, 2 men and a truck removalists, etc etc but I want the Target, Big W, KMart and Myer....

So we have been junk mail free for 3 weeks now... and I can say .... IT feels GREAT!

Nothing to throw in the bin (and with all this rain, most of the junk mail is a sopping mess) nothing to think about buying and I don't know that I am missing any great sales! And Anika feels good every day she checks the box and says YES! No junk mail!

Here are some guilty facts for you all!!

*Each year, 100 million trees are used to produce junk mail

*250,000 homes could be heated with one day's supply of junk mail

*Americans receive 4 million tons of junk mail every year - equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months

*Americans pay $370 million annually to dispose of junk mail that doesn’t get reycled

*Americans throw away 44% of bulk mail unopened, yet still spend 8 months per lifetime opening junk mail

*The book 50 Simple Things You Can Do To Save The Earth listed stopping unwanted junk mail as its number 2 recommendation.

*out of 5.6 million tons of mailings generated each year, 4.3 million are thrown in the garbage; 340,000 garbage trucks are needed to haul away all the junk mail that doesn't quite make it to the recycling bin.


Carolyn Adams said...

Hey Bobbie, thanks for the recipes on the side. I will definitely try the Mexican Bake. It looks sooo yummy! I love your blog, keep it up!


Janell said...

I second the "love the recipes on the side" comment. I am sure they are out there, but I do not see "no junk mail" signs here in the U.S. like I saw in Brisbane.

Mom Unplugged said...

Great post and I love the stats...except that instead of Americans, you could substitute "one American" (me) for the amount of junk mail I used to receive (before I too opted out).

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