Christmas time is a great time of the year to snuggle… Eat loads and open your presents for santa!
For the last two years I’ve decided to decorate recycled wrapping paper ( to be recycled again) for my present wrapping. It’s a little bit more effort… But I want to feel like I’m making a small step to saving the planet… Even at Christmas! Here’s some unknown facts about Christmas that could make you think before you stick to convince this christmas..
1. If we switch our fancy glittery wrapping paper for the standard printed paper and it can go straight in the recycle bin. If we all did this, we’d be recycling the paper for 1.5 billion Christmas presents.
2. We use 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging for gifts with an astonishing amount ending up in our oceans. Combined, we travel 6 billion miles around the UK to see friends and family.
3.We send enough Christmas cards that if we placed them alongside each other, they’d cover the world’s circumference 500 times.
4. Per 1kg of wrapping paper, 3.5kg of CO2 is emitted for its production. Times that by the 227,000 tonnes we use yearly, and that’s outrageously contributing to our ever-growing carbon emissions.
5.With eyes bigger than our bellies, the average Brit spends over £40 in wasted food. Collectively, we bin 230,000 tonnes of unneeded Christmas treats. The equivalent to 74 million mince pies or 2 million turkeys.
But what can we do?? I’m just one person!
Every little but will help create attitudes for the next and current generations.
1. just recycling our cards would save enough energy to light up 340 Blackpool illuminations. Or reuse cards as gift tags
2. Use natural decorations for gifts… Holly or ivy even would be a nice touch.
3. Eco wrapping paper either bought or made.
The three days of festivities astonishingly equates to 5.5% of the UK’s annual total carbon footprints, so whilst you’re sipping on your special wine and unravelling your presents, take a second to consider the destructive impacts we’re having on our environment and ways you can help steer us towards more environmentally friendly Christmas traditions.
Ho ho ho! Let’s give it a go!