Some Main Sources of Christmas Waste.
Christmas is the most festive event of the year. No wonder there will be plenty of food, decorations, gifts and cards purchased to celebrate Christmas. The sad thing is, lots of them are wasted.
More household waste is produced between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than any other time of the year–about 6 million tons of added waste nationwide.
The story of Christmas waste has become more and more surprising every year. Here are some staggering facts about the waste we every year make during Christmas:
Waste from Christmas Trees.
Fact : Each year, 50 million Christmas trees are purchased in the U.S. (Cygnus Group). Of those, about 30 million go to the landfill. (Environmental News Network). One acre of Christmas trees produces the daily oxygen supply for 18 people.
- Buy potted Christmas tree so it still can produce oxygen all through the years and you can use it for another Christmas. You can also plant it in your garden. Alternatively, you can buy an artificial Christmas tree that can be used year after year. This way you can significantly cut your Christmas waste.
Learn more how to have Eco Friendly Christmas Tree.
Waste from Christmas Card :
Fact : 2.65 billion Christmas cards are sold each year in the United States, that could fill a football field 10 stories high. If each American sent one card less, 50,000 cubic yards of paper can be saved ( Use Less Stuff ). Every year 200,000 trees will be cut down to make holiday cards.
Waste from Christmas Gift Wrapping :
Fact : Wrapping paper and shopping bags account for about 4 million tons of trash each year in the U.S. It is estimated that if every American family wrapped just three presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields and if they reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet. Due to the materials( dyed, coated, laminated, plastic etc ) wrapping paper and ribbon are typically difficult to be recycled.
- Use reusable shopping bags when shopping for Christmas presents.
- Use only used wrapping paper and ribbon for your Christmas gifts or use reusable containers to deliver them, baskets, mugs, reusable shopping bags etc.
Waste From Food :
At least 28 billion pounds of edible food are wasted each year - or over 100 pounds per person. (Use Less Stuff). It is undoubtedly that the food waste is mounted during Christmas time as it is estimated that 400,000 people become sick each year from eating tainted Christmas leftovers. There is another study that revealed that if we planted trees on land currently used to grow unnecessary surplus and wasted food, this would offset a theoretical maximum of 100% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.
- Do not prepare excessive amounts of food to celebrate your Christmas.
- Food is organic compound, it will generate methane gas if the waste is not properly managed. Compost your food waste to help our planet. Find some useful compost kits here.
Hazardous Waste from the Christmas Gifts.
Consider to buy eco friendly gifts. According to EPA, about 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Remember, improperly discharge batteries might cause mercury pollution.
Hint : Buy gifts with rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones.
There are lots more waste from the Christmas gifts, Learn more