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article imageMichigan brothers say no to junk mail

By KJ Mullins     Apr 8, 2010 in Environment
Ferndale - Every year more than 100 million trees are destroyed to fill mail boxes with junk mail. That's the word from three brothers who started 41pounds.org in 2006 as a community service.
Sander DeVries, Tim Pfannes and Shane Pfannes from Ferndale, Michigan were sick and tired of the huge amount of junk mail they were getting. Knowing that millions of trees were being destroyed and 28 billions of water was needed to process the mailings, the brothers started 41pounds.org.
The name of the brother's non-profit group comes from the amount of junk mail that Americans generally get each year. Since its beginnings the brothers have helped to reduce 10 million pounds of junk mail and donated over $250,000 to nonprofit organizations.
"The celebration of Earth Day takes on greater urgency as we learn more about climate change," says 41pounds.org co-founder Sander DeVries. "Each of us can make changes that improve our daily lives AND improve the planet's health -- like stopping the daily deluge of junk mail that ravages the forests and clutters your home."
The brothers contact 20 to 30 direct mail companies for people who sign up to get rid of bulk mailings for five years. The cost of the service is $41. Of that fee $15 of the money is donated to community and environmental organizations who plant trees and protect watersheds.
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