By Nima Kapadia
What do unwanted catalogs, coupon packs and credit card offers have in common? They each share the same destination: our trashcans. 41pounds.org can help Americans reclaim their mailboxes and reduce junk mail by 80 to 95 percent.
Named after the amount of junk mail an individual receives each year, 41pounds.org contacts marketing companies directly to have you removed from their lists. You can take the first step by registering online with 41pounds.org and paying a $41 fee that will last five years. This fee also covers all members of your household.
In addition to catalogs and credit cards, 41pounds.org also will reduce: Sweepstakes entries; insurance promotions and any magazine subscriptions you specify
Over 100 million trees are destroyed each year to produce junk mail, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Junk mail has other adverse effects on the environment that include:
- Using 28 billion gallons of water to produce and recycle junk mail each year
- Producing more greenhouse gas emissions than 2.8 million vehicles
- Having 44 percent of unopened junk mail pile at landfills.
41pounds.org also allows consumers to support environment or community organizations of their choosing. Over 1/3 of registration fees can go towards StopGlobalWarming.org, Carbonfund.org, Habitat for Humanity, Trees for the Future and others groups.
Consumers should see a reduction in their junkmail within two months. For more information on reducing unwanted mail, visit the 41pound.org website.
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