Make Your Holidays a Little Greener with these Top Tips!
Make Your Holidays a Little Greener with these Facts and Tips, a blog post by EcoGoodz, a credential clothing supplier
Environmental non-profit Sustainable America created the following infographic, packed with facts and tips for a greener holiday. Originally posted in 2012, we think you’ll agree that it’s still very relevant a mere four years later!
All 25 of these facts and tips are wonderful, but if we had to pick our top 10, they’d be:
#1: If you decide to buy gifts online, opt for ground shipping as air transportation uses up significantly more fuel. Online shopping is convenient and easy. Keep this tip in mind as you shop!
#5: If each family reduced holiday gasoline consumption by one gallon (about 20 miles), we’d reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1 million tons! It seems like a small effort when it’s just your family doing it, but combined with everyone else’s efforts, a real difference could be made!
#7: On average, food travels 1500 miles from farm to plate. Buy local when you can! Support local farmers and producers!
#8: 8000 tons of wrapping paper are used at Christmas each year, equating to roughly 50,000 trees. 50,000 trees?? Yikes. That is a huge environmental price to pay for pretty paper…
#9: Consider buying LED lights. They use up to 95% less electricity than traditional holiday bulbs and will amount to lower energy costs. Say no more. LED all the way. Or, for 100% energy savings, skip the lights all together! *wink, wink*
#10: America wastes 40% of its total food. Eat those leftovers! From now on, let’s only purchase what we plan to eat. 40% of our food being tossed into the garbage is 40% too much.
#12: What to do with your wrapping paper (see guide above) Good to know! Hopefully this will help consumers make wiser decisions when buying wrapping paper.
#17: Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons add up to an additional 1 million tons a week going into our landfills. 1 million tons of extra garbage A WEEK. That’s 2 billion POUNDS…A WEEK.
#21 & 25: Real trees are about three times as popular as artificial ones, which is great because the artificial tree has three times more impact on climate change and resource depletion than the natural tree! So, real tree it is.
Which facts and/or tips are your favorite?
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