Less Trash Tuesday: Tired of Junk Mail? Find a New Use For It Here

“These days, we tend to receive less junk snail mail then before, though our inboxes my be loaded with it.  However, every now and then, I still receive credit card offer and other direct marketing mailers. Before you recycle your “junk” snail mail…

What if people REALLY are SO lazy that they cannot be “inconvenienced” to do something to help THEIR environment?  What if people think it’s truly THAT difficult to institute small changes in their daily behaviors in order to make a big difference?  This is what inspired us to start writing “Tips for How To Create Less Trash Tuesday.”

Each Tuesday, someone from the World Is Your Dumpster movement will share a new, simple tip that they implement in their daily lives in order to create less waste.

Today’s tip comes from Tina in Brooklyn, NYC:

“These days, we tend to receive less junk snail mail then before, though our inboxes my be loaded with it.  However, every now and then, I still receive credit card offer and other direct marketing mailers. Before you recycle your “junk” snail mail, open it to collect the return envelopes. That way, when you need to mail something you’ll have a free envelope on hand.  With over 100,000,000 trees being destroyed each year to create junk mail, I found this to be a great way to offset corporate waste!”

Here’s some interesting statistics we found from our friends at 41pounds.org:

  • Keep trees in the forest. More than 100 million trees are destroyed each year to produce junk mail. 42% of timber harvested nationwide becomes pulpwood for paper.
  • Reduce global warming. The world’s temperate forests absorb 2 billion tons of carbon annually. Creating and shipping junk mail produces more greenhouse gas emissions than 9 million cars.
  • Save water. About 28 billion gallons of water are wasted to produce and recycle junk each year.
  • Save time. You waste about 70 hours a year dealing with junk mail.

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Do you have a great idea of how to reduce, reuse, recycle and create less trash?  Submit it to The World Is Your Dumpster and help us create a less wasteful world.

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