19 billion catalogs = emissions from 2 million cars annually

I don’t know about you but I am getting catalog overload this season. Sometimes I flip through some of them and then dump em, or others I just dump right away. Rarely do I ever order anything. After seeing the impact of 19 billion catalogs mailed to Americans each year – I’ve decided stop adding to this problem by going to Catalog Choice. It is a free service that allows you to decide what gets in your mailbox. Use it to reduce your mailbox clutter, while helping save natural resources.

http://www.catalogchoice.org/#environmentalfacts.

Each year, 19 billion catalogs are mailed to American consumers.

What’s the impact?

  • Number of trees used – 53 million trees
  • Pounds of paper used – 3.6 million tons of paper
  • Energy used to produce this volume of paper – 38 trillion BTUs, enough to power 1.2 million homes per year
  • Contribution to global warming – 5.2 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equal to the annual emissions of two million cars
  • Waste water discharges from this volume of paper – 53 billion gallons of water, enough to fill 81,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools
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