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Who doesn’t know the annoying feeling of having to empty the mailbox and search for the ones that matter among a heap of junk mail? The same is true for emails, except that various applications can block and select spam so you don’t have to. Let’s have a look at some shocking junk mail facts in numbers.

Do you know that junk mail in the US accounts for 100,000,000,000 or one hundred billion pieces of mail each year, which is about 30% of all the mail delivered in the world? The response rate is less than 2%, and approximately 44 percent of junk mail goes to landfills unopened.

Would you believe that every year 100 million trees are cut down to make junk mail and 28 billion gallons of water are wasted to produce and recycle junk?

Have a look at the infographic for some more appalling data on junk mail. This educational tool can come in handy anytime you teach your students about environmental issues.

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