To be sustainable means to achieve all present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. During the holiday season, it is more of a challenging task to reduce our consumption of resources and reduce waste during one of the busiest times of the year when we see a growing trend of consumption.
The holiday season has always been the time of the year when people reconnect and spend quality time with friends and family. What many people do not realize is that an unintended side effect is an excessive generation of solid waste and consumption of natural resources. The statistic is that Americans will on average, throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. The efforts to be more sustainable can come in the form of very simple steps. For example, wrapping presents in reused materials can save a substantial about of paper being consumed and thrown away. Here are other ways in which you can have a more Green Christmas.
Gifts that are purchased in stores have taken an incredibly long journey to get to the store shelves. The impact of greenhouse emissions from transportation alone is substantial. Purchasing locally crafted goods and items come without the added cost of transportation.
Buy Recycled Resources
Many small businesses have developed great products using recycled materials. Consider purchasing these items as gifts to promote the reduction of the waste stream.
About 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season and improper disposal of batteries have become a major issue. Even rechargeable batteries will eventually be thrown away. This holiday season, purchase items that do not use batteries.