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Factoid Fridays: Trees Which Become Catalogs

Green Dimes has been getting the catalogs and junk mail out of my mailbox in terrific fashion, but just yesterday I realized that I had been sold out again and a whole new flock of hybrids were nesting in the box. I thought I would like to share some collected factoids about trees as catalogs begin arriving for a new holiday season.

  • Original tree-planting goal of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Billion Tree Campaign: 1 billion
  • The number of trees planted within the campaign’s first 18 months: 2 billion
  • The campaign’s new goal of trees to be planted by the end of 2009: 7 billion
    • Green Dimes stats as of 9-11-2008:

    • 300,769 people helped
    • 1,161,731 trees planted
    • 2,388.541 catalogs stopped
    • 11,356,348 pounds of junk mail stopped!

    Here’s some interesting stats on catalog waste I received from TMCNetblogger.com:

    • Over eight million tons of trees are consumed each year in the production of paper catalogs.
    • Nearly half of the planet’s original forest cover is gone today. Forests have effectively disappeared in 25 countries, and another 29 have lost more than 90% of their forest cover.
    • More than one billion people living in extreme poverty around the world depend on forests for their livelihoods.
    • There are other significant environmental impacts from the catalog cycle. The production and disposal of direct mail alone consumes more energy than three million cars.
    • The manufacturing, distribution, collection and disposal of catalogs require energy which will generate “global warming gases”.

    Tom Keating author TMC NetBloggers, November 28, 2007 10:02 AM

    What kinds of trees are you planting?
    What do you do to make the catalogs stop or the junk mail?
    Where do you find interesting information about trees or catalogs?

    One Response to “Factoid Fridays: Trees Which Become Catalogs”

    1. Barbara Swafford Says:

      Hi Patricia,

      Oh how I hate junk mail. I call the companies and ask them to remove my name from their mailing list. I’m also a big recycler as we have curbside recycling buckets. I hate to see the waste knowing our landfills are quickly becoming filled up.

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