Report: Junk Mail Weighs Heavy on the Carbon Scale

ForestEthics' latest report pegs junk mail's contribution to climate change at the equivalent of more than nine million cars or the emissions generated by heating nearly 13 million homes for the winter.

The group released the report as part of its campaign and petition for a Do Not Mail Registry to give Americans the choice to stop receiving junk mail.

The report features a Myth/Fact section that debunks misinformation spread in the wake of the Do Not Mail campaign (, as well as the appearance of 19 Do Not Mail initiatives in state legislatures over the past two years.

To read the report, visit

"This report confirms what Americans instinctively know: the scale of junk mail's waste goes against all common sense," says Todd Paglia, executive director of ForestEthics. "And the junk mail industry is incapable of policing itself on this matter-- we need a Do Not Mail Registry to give Americans a choice and to enforce that choice."

ForestEthics launched its Do Not Mail campaign on March 12 of this year, and the petition at now has nearly 60,000 signatures.

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