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The Green Life: Green Your Junk Mail: Reincarnation

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November 09, 2010

Green Your Junk Mail: Reincarnation

IStock_000010588360XSmallJunk mail can ruin your day: 5.6 million annual tons of ads choking mailboxes isn't pleasant for mail-getters, and it's even harder on the environment. This week's tips should help you curb the volume of waste piling up in your real-life inbox.

Tip #2: Give it a Second Life

Just a ton of recycled paper can keep 3.3 cubic yards safe from landing in a landfill. Tossing all that "direct mail" into the trash is a useless gesture; sure, it feels gratifying to throw away that credit-card offer without even opening it, but its much better for the Earth if you participate in the U.S. Postal Service's lobby recycling program, started in 2008 and expanded in 2009. Or just recycle paper via your municipal pick-up to give your junk mail a new life as a magazine or a roll of toilet paper.

Tell us: How do you reuse your junk mail?

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