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Here are some statistics from Plenty magazine that demonstrate the wastefulness that comes with the consumerism centered around the holiday season. Maybe seeing some of it typed out will motivate you to take one more step toward improving your family’s “greenness” this year. I know it did for me!
- The volume of US household waste increases by 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day
- The US produces 4 million tons of gift wrap and shopping bag waste every year
- 20.8 million Christmas trees were cut in 2002
- 269 wreaths are hung in the White House each holiday season
- US department stores made 342.2 billion dollars in retail sales in the month of December 2007
- Americans spent 15.8 billion dollars on new holiday decorations in 2005
- 40% of all battery sales in the US occur in the holiday season
- 300,000 trees are harvested to make holiday cards each year
- 363 solar panels will power this year’s tree in Rockefeller Center
Here’s wishing you a green Christmas!