How Can YOU Make an Impact This Holiday Season?

With respect to climate change, the holiday season can be no exception. Everyone loves a good aesthetic on Christmas, but at what cost? Holiday’s bring great cheer, but it also brings thousands of pounds of waste into our landfills. Wrapping paper is typically used one time, and then thrown away. Trash increases by about 25% from Thanksgiving to Christmas in the United States. Sack’s once filled with toys become filled with ribbons, boxes, paper, and tape. When pushed off into landfills these products will begin to decompose and combine with bacteria to produce greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide. Methane is one of the largest catalysts for climate change. Among other pollutants, methane contributes to smog and unhealthy air that WE breathe. This year, I ask that you try and ask your families about a low waste, or waste free gathering. I think this is an awesome way to start a new tradition and still have a happy holiday.

This year reduce your impact and celebrate the season without as much waste!

Here are some of my E-tips 

> Give the gift that requires no packaging… An experience! Plan a trip somewhere, book a cooking class, get movie tickets, or make a spa excursion. Let your creativity fly!

> Plan ahead when shopping-Consolidating trips saves gas, time, energy and money.

> Plant a tree! It’s estimated that 25-30 million trees are cut down for the holiday season each year…If you do buy a real tree, find out where you can recycle it! Many areas will collect the trees for mulch, or water conservation. 

> When shopping for those holiday goodies, use reusable shopping bags instead of using plastic ones provided by vendors.

> Give up Christmas cards, if you do receive them try to find a way to compost or recycle them.

> Look second hand! If someone is looking for something special you would be surprised at how much you can find just by popping in to your local thrift store. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

> Think about wrapping your presents, and whether or not it’s really necessary. If you are going to wrap your presents, save some $$$ and use old newspaper, magazines, or comics. You could even skip the wrapping and opt for a crafty DIY basket, old pillow cases, or reusable shopping bags

Keep it simple sweetie, and have a great Eco-friendly Holiday Season! Hopefully you use some of my tips and please don’t forget to share this post!

Sources

https://www.epa.gov/lmop/basic-information-about-landfill-gas#methane https://realchristmastrees.org/dnn/Education/Quick-Tree-Facts https://lbre.stanford.edu/pssistanford-recycling https://unfccc.int/news/new-methane-signs-underline-urgency-to-reverse-emissions https://www.vintagetreecare.com/choose-right-space-plant-tree

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