ARE OUTDATED TRADITIONS KILLING THE PLANET?
SustainaClaus loves to give gifts.. (especially gifts made by hand, from the heart – ) but we still create an enormous amount of WASTE in our gift giving traditions..
Linda Sharps in “Santa’s Sad Side Effect” writes:
“my actual point here has to do with all that packaging we have to dispose of after Christmas (for those who celebrate). Whether you deal with it during the morning or in the days that follow, it’s usually a fairly epic amount of stuff, isn’t it? The wrapping paper, the boxes, the tissue, all the bows and bags and ribbons that aren’t worth saving, the cards, the yarn, the gift tags.
That’s not even counting the bags and boxes we accumulate while we’re doing our gift shopping. Studies have revealed waste is increased by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and that adds up to a staggering 1 million more tons each week that get put in our landfills.
Unbelievably, half the paper America consumes each year is used to wrap and decorate gifts. As for those 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold in the U.S. each year…well, most experts agree that sending an electronic version is far less wasteful:
The holiday environmental impact goes on and on: We use extra electricity for lighting trees and houses, we send 30 million Christmas trees to landfills each year, we let food go to waste, and our car and air travel habits consume massive amounts of fuel.”
Ho Ho Ho, Merry X-Mas_\!/
Reduce WASTE this Holiday Season
Complete article and SOURCE: http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/12/03/minimizing-my-holiday-waste