How to Have a Zero Waste Christmas | Care2 Healthy Living
If you’re already trying to reduce your waste at home, odds are Christmas is already causing somewhat of a heart attack.
It’s no secret that the holidays are the most wasteful time of the year in America. In fact, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash during the period between Thanksgiving and New Years than any other time of year. That percentage amounts to an extra 1 million tons or so every single week. That’s insane!
Here’s how our friends at Stanford put it:
“If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet. If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields. The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high. If we each sent one card less, we’d save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.”
How’s that for a picture of wastefulness!
Now, I’m not here to shame anyone into creating less garbage. But I am here to answer your questions. So here are my top tips for a Zero Waste Christmas in FAQ form:
Q: How can I reduce my trash output but still get great gifts for my friends and family?
Gift-giving is a tradition that has become deeply engrained in American society. As soon as we cross over the threshold from summer to fall (before we’ve even finished Halloween), holiday displays start popping up everywhere, eager to get you to buy, buy, buy.