FERNDALE, Mich., April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Given the importance of trees in protecting a healthy planet, Earth Day is an ideal time to say "NO" to unwanted junk mail in your mailbox. 41pounds.org stops your junk mail at the source – and keeps more trees in the forest protecting clean water, wildlife habitat and a healthy climate.
"Stopping junk mail is one of the easiest ways we can stop the senseless waste of trees and express our concern about climate change," says 41pounds.org co-founder Sander DeVries. "Trees provide oxygen for us to breathe and absorb carbon to cool the planet. Each of us can take a few minutes to sign up for the 41pounds.org service to keep more trees in the forest and keep junk mail out of our lives."
- More than 100 million trees are destroyed each year to produce junk mail.
- The world's temperate forests absorb 2 billion tons of carbon annually to help keep the planet cool and healthy.
- Junk mail produces more greenhouse gas emissions than 9 million cars.
- The average adult spends 70 hours a year dealing with junk mail.
Named for the amount of junk mail that the average American adult receives every year, 41pounds.org stops household junk mail by contacting dozens of direct mail companies to remove you from their marketing lists. You can also specify which catalogs you want to stop receiving.
41pounds.org helps the environment two ways – first, by stopping your junk mail and second, by giving money to effective environmental organizations such as American Forests, Trees for the Future, StopGlobalWarming.org, Carbonfund.org, Center for Biological Diversity, Habitat for Humanity chapters and others.
The service covers everyone in your household for five years and costs $41, including a $15 donation to the environmental organization of your choice.
Gorav Seth, head of partnerships at Trees for the Future, said, "41pounds.org provides a valuable service for their customers, keeps more trees in the forests and helps us plant millions of trees."
Three brothers – Sander DeVries, Tim Pfannes and Shane Pfannes – started 41pounds.org in 2006 as a community service. Since then, 41pounds.org has stopped over 13 million pounds of junk mail and donated more than $275,000 to nonprofit organizations.
To sign up for the 41pounds.org service or give a gift, go to http://www.41pounds.org.