The Story of Junk Mail

Junk mail is one of those annoying problems that everyone shares. In fact, the average American receives 40 pounds of catalogs and other junk mail every year! That’s a lot of paper. After it shows up unwanted in our mailboxes and clutters our homes, over 40% of that mail is sent to the landfill completely unopened. What a waste!

Junk mail isn’t just annoying – it also has a big impact on the planet. Every year, we cut down over 100 million trees to produce paper for junk mail. Plus, making and distributing all that mail releases as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 9 million cars per year. Finally, producing and recycling all those tons and tons of junk mail consumes 28 billion gallons of water each year! That’s a huge impact, just to sell us more stuff we don’t need.

Luckily, there’s hope! Since 2015, The Story of Stuff Project has operated Catalog Choice, a free online service that helps you opt-out of unwanted catalogs and other paper junk mail. Since its launch in 2007, the site has helped millions of people reduce clutter and simplify life by stopping junk mail for good. Even better, those users have 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.

We’re proud to be able to support this important environmental service. We’re also excited to invite Catalog Choice’s users to take further steps to protect people and the planet by getting flexing their Citizen Muscle and engaging in The Story of Stuff Project’s campaigns. Together, we can make a big dent in the paper waste problem.

If you haven’t done so yet, head over to Catalog Choice to create a free account and start getting your junk mail under control. If you’re already a Catalog Choice user, use the share buttons to the left to spread the word!


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