Think of the planet !
Drawing with pen & marker on paper,
and digital retouching
© Eric Bourdon, Lille, France, 2018
“Print this email only if you really need it !” To appeal to the responsibility of everyone for the future of the planet, before using a small sheet of paper, is very nice.
But while you feel guilty, weighing the pros and cons…
No one loves it, but everyone gets junk mail. It’s a relentless tide of paper that comes to your doorstep unbidden and often ends up in a garbage can moments after entering the house.
The production, distribution, and disposal of all that junk mail creates more than 51 million metric tons of greenhouses gases annually, the emissions equivalent of more than 9.3 million cars. That’s more than all the cars registered in Los Angeles and New York City combined.
ONE YEAR IN AMERICAN JUNK MAIL
100 million trees are destroyed
to produce more than 100 billion pieces of junk mail
to send 848 pieces of junk mail to every household
where it gets thrown away
In 2005, 5.8 million tons of catalogs and other direct mailings ended up in the U.S. municipal solid waste stream – enough to fill over 450,000 garbage trucks. Parked bumper to bumper these garbage trucks would extend from Atlanta to Albuquerque. Less than 36% of this ad mail was recycled. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
Americans pay $370 million annually to dispose of junk mail that does not get recycled.
On average, Americans spend 8 months opening junk mail in the course of their lives.