Approximately 33 million real Christmas trees are sold in North America each year.
Christmas is just around the corner, and with the mass consumption that comes with shopping and endless food, comes mass waste. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of waste produced in the United States increases about 25% between Thanksgiving and New Years- that is equivalent to about 1 million extra tonnes per week. Canadians have similar statistics, with a report from Zero Waste Canada stating that we will go through:
To bring it home, the average Canadian will throw away an average of 110 pounds of garbage during the holiday season. There are a few ways you can reduce your Christmas waste this year that can be incorporated into different aspects of your holiday while you gift and celebrate:
During Christmas, shopping bags and wrapping paper will produce 545,000 tonnes of waste.
During the holidays we take a break from our responsibilities to celebrate with our loved ones, and to toast to a year’s end and a year’s beginning. Our festivities should include the celebration of our planet- the planet that enables us to live the lives that we do, and where our ownership never takes a break. As the year draws to a close, remember that Christmas is not just about taking, but about giving back too. Happy Holidays!