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Holiday Waste

HOLIDAY WASTE 6 MILLION TONS OF HOLIDAY WASTE WILL BE CREATED THIS SEASON. EVEN WITH UNEMPLOYMENT RATES STILL HIGH, PEOPLE HAVE FOUND A WAY TO KEEP SPENDING AND KEEP BEING WASTEFUL. From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25%. Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills. In the US, annual trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals 4 million tons. Half of the paper America consumes is used to wrap and decorate consumer products. 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. The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the US could fill a football field 10 stories high. If we each sent one card less, we'd save 50,000 cubic yards of paper. Consider sending an electronic card. 10m 10 m 10 m 10 m 10 m Each year, 50 million Christmas trees are purchased in the US. Of those, about 30 million go to the landfill. Electricity bill for lighting a tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days: Incadescent lights: $25.13 LEDS: $0.56 The average American spends $800 on gifts over the holiday season. Nearly 60% of Americans receive unwanted gifts during the holidays. And 52% re-gift their unwanted gifts to others. According to a national survey, 70% of Americans would welcome less emphasis on gift giving and spending. About 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. According to the USDA, Americans throw away 25% of food purchased 52 billion Ibs per year. That's 170 lbs per person! If each family reduced holiday gasoline consumption by one gallon (about twenty miles), we'd reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one million tons. 1 gal SOURCES facts.htmi http://www.apagov/osw/wycd/funfacts/winter.htm DESIGN: @jayjaypowpow INFORMATION PROVIDED BY.

Holiday Waste

shared by Ariela on Dec 13
6 million tons of holiday waste will be created this season. even with unemployment rates still high, people have found a way to keep spending and keep being wasteful.


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