|____ environmental impact of junk mail ____
Estimated carbon footprint, loss of natural habitat potential for one year, loss of plant and animal life potential for one year, and extinction potential, from making, packaging, shipping and/or using these products or services.
+ Except for CO2 emissions, estimates are based on Habitat, Life, Extinction Formulas v2 by the XOEarth Team. +
Estimates do not include the possible long-term ecological effects of climate change and persistent toxins.
Formulas use “human appropriated net primary production (HANPP)” to “CO2 emissions” correlation.
1 kg(kilogram) = 2.2 lb(pounds) 1 m^2(square meter) = 10.8 ft^2(square feet)
1 km(kilometers) = .62 mi(miles) 1 liter = .26 gallons
|Junk mail – 41 pounds
41 pounds is the average amount of junk mail received by the average United States consumer
CO2 estimate derived from [41pounds,org (404/missing)] [[#ref1]]
(41pounds,org estimates that the average US citizen receives 41 pounds of junk mail per year. It also estimates it can reduce an average person’s junk mail by 80%-95% and carbon emissions by 92 pounds per year. This means that 41 pounds has a carbon footprint of approximately 105 pounds. This estimate was “confirmed” using the c.environmentalpaper.org/home — assuming that junk mail is 50% recycled and is composed primarily of supercalendared paper.)
41 pounds of junk mail also creates about 274 gallons wastewater, consumes 5 million BTU’s and creates 316 pounds solid waste. papercalculator.org
|Some of the materials used to make 41 pounds of junk mail.
trees, water, ink, plastic, multiple fuels
|CO2 released to produce, mail and dispose of 41 pounds of junk mail.
|Loss of natural habitat potential for one year to produce, mail and dispose of 41 pounds of junk mail.
|Loss of native plant and animal life potential for one year to produce, mail and dispose of 41 pounds of junk mail.
|How many pounds of junk mail it takes to trigger 1 potential species extinction.
The CO2 emissions from 41 pounds of advertising mail received by the average United States consumer is about 47.6 kilograms (105 pounds) according to one study.[[#ref1]] The loss of natural habitat potential for one year from the 41 pounds of advertising mail is estimated to be 36.6 square meters (396 square feet).
1. We obtained the 41 pound estimate and other info from 41pounds,org. However, 41pounds,org is now missing on the web. [41pounds,org 404/missing]
41 pounds of junk mail also creates about 274 gallons wastewater, consumes 5 million BTU’s and creates 316 pounds solid waste. [c.environmentalpaper.org]
Globally, paper production and disposal releases three times as much climate change emissions as global aviation. Irresponsible production causes negative impacts on biodiversity and communities as well as human rights abuses in many pulp and paper producing region [shrinkpaper com (404/missing)]
Meanwhile, every four months, an area the size of Rocky Mountain National Park is leveled in order to produce the 100 million trees worth of junk mail that invades the mailboxes of millions of Americans each year. This production and disposal of junk mail consumes more energy than 2.8 million cars and costs citizens and local governments hundreds of millions of dollars per year in collection and disposal fees. [emagazine.com]
“To produce and process 4 million tons of junk mail a year, 100 million trees are destroyed and 28 billion gallons of water is wasted. And, global warming gases equivalent to 9 million cars are produced. In addition, $320 million of local taxes are spent to dispose of junk mail each year instead of providing parks, libraries, health care and other valuable services. Lastly, we found out that the credit card applications and other junk mail we receive may be used in identity theft and fraud. [41pounds,org (404/missing)]”