A Healthier Ocean and Healthier Homes

December 15, 2011
Stop Your Junk Mail with 41pounds.org and support the mission of Ocean Futures Society

41pounds.org celebrates five years of progress to stop junk mail from deluging our mailboxes, ravaging our forests, polluting our oceans and burdening local communities.

Founded in 2006, 41pounds.org has stopped 5 million pounds of junk mail, saved 44,000 trees from destruction and raised more than $300,000 for environmental organizations, including Ocean Futures Society.



“We started 41pounds.org because we were frustrated with the huge waste of trees and time involved in junk mail,” said Sander DeVries, Co-Founder of 41pounds.org. “Then we learned it also uses massive amounts of energy and water, and makes climate change worse. At the end of the chain, about half of junk mail goes to the landfill unopened – at taxpayer expense.”

Ocean Futures Society president Jean-Michel Cousteau said, "The power of one, every action counts. Just by stopping your junk mail you're saving valuable resources on our water planet. We couldn't be more pleased to partner with 41pounds.org to eliminate junk mail. It is partnerships like this that will lead us to a sustainable future. We are happy to be apart of their five year anniversary and encourage all us ocean lovers to help eliminate junk mail at your home or business.”

The 41pounds.org service gives people a way to say ”NO” to unwanted catalogs, credit card offers and other junk mail in their mailbox. It keeps more trees in the forest protecting a healthy, ocean, climate and wildlife habitat. It’s also good for business and charities – so they don’t waste money sending marketing mail to people who don’t want to hear from them.

  • 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.

Ocean Futures Society and 41pounds.org offers the perfect gift to help you share your simpler, eco-friendly lifestyle and your holiday spirit: the gift of a junk-free mailbox. The nonprofit 41pounds.org service stops your loved one’s postal junk mail – and keeps more trees in the forest. Gift certificates can be purchased and sent online at www.41pounds.org.

“We can’t stop the bills from coming, but we can stop the junk mail,” says 41pounds.org co-founder Sander DeVries. “The holiday season is the perfect time to clear away clutter and stress for your friends and family. 41pounds.org stops your junk mail and lets you specify which catalogs you want to stop receiving.”

To learn more about junk mail and efforts to create a national Do Not Mail registry, go to 41pounds.org/junk-mail-landscape.

To sign up for the 41pounds.org service or give a gift, go to www.41pounds.org.