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Holly Jolly Wastefulness

20 Nov
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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!

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5 Comments

Posted by on November 20, 2008 in Going Green

 

5 responses to “Holly Jolly Wastefulness

  1. Maura

    November 20, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Definitely some things to think about. You’re going to call me Scrooge, but it would help if people didn’t start trying to start the holidays so far before they’re actually here…. 🙂

     
  2. Issa

    November 20, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    I swear to god, there used to be two houses like that in my old neighborhood. They used to compete. It was so wrong. And bright. 😉

     
  3. psychmamma

    November 20, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Maura –

    I’d never call you a Scrooge, and, in my defense {wink} our family celebrates Christmas at Thanksgiving, so I start feeling “in the spirit” earlier than many. You’ll be happy to know that the decorations aren’t out yet, and I haven’t played any Christmas music yet either. We would have gotten a tree tonight, but couldn’t find anyone selling yet. Hee!

    Issa –

    I can’t even imagine living next to someone who decorates like that. It seems like the neighbors would complain. Oy!

     
  4. Heather of the EO

    November 20, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    SO true. I’m so NOT for all the commercialized silliness. A little is fine. To celebrate and such. But it’s important to remember the waste. Great post 🙂

     
  5. iMommy

    November 29, 2008 at 11:41 am

    That’s a cool bit about the solar panels, though!

     

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