Junk mail flowing into your business doesn't just harm the environment - it can add up to a lot of wasted time and money for employees to handle and recycle unwanted mail.
The global consumption of paper and paperboard totaled 417 million tons in 2021. Consumption is projected to continue rising over the coming decade to reach 476 million tons by 2032. (source)
The global production of paper and cardboard totals more than 400 million metric tons each year. The most produced type of paper is packaging paper and board, which has been growing in demand in recent years due to the online shopping boom.
15.3 billion trees are chopped down every year.
USPS delivers over 67 billion pieces of marketing mail per year.
Each year, the world’s forests absorb roughly 15.6 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2). These forests are needed to reduce climate change and support biodiversity.
Paper accounts for around 26% of total waste in landfills.
42% of all global wood harvest is used to make paper.
2,700 liters of water is used to make 1 tonne of paper.
Around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history.
Recycling is great but it won't bring back an extinct species
Encourage others to stop junk mail via email or by creating a flyer and distributing it in your community (if you have a little free library, leave flyers for your neighbors). You may be able to set out copies for the public at your local libraries, booths at fairs or farmers' markets, and health food stores or restaurants. Also, ask at your local post office if you can leave them copies of the flyer for distribution to interested postal customers.