December 25, 2021

Facts On Holiday Waste

The biggest shopping event of the year is followed closely by the biggest waste disposal event of the year. 

We must constantly buy and dispose of things to keep our economies going, and our fleeting desires satisfied. 

Charles Kettering of General Motors, put it this way: 

"The key to economic prosperity is the organized creation of dissatisfaction."  

It is a vicious cycle, and one that must be broken. Eventually it will need to be replaced with a more logical circular economy where nothing is wasted.

Consuming less is the best and most straight forward way to reduce waste. 

No crap in - no crap out.

Facts on Holiday Waste

🌲2.6 billion cards are sold each year in the US

🌲Half of the paper used in America is used to wrap and decorate consumer products

🌲From Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, household waste increases by more than 25%.

🌲33 million real Christmas trees are thrown out in North America every year.

🌲The average American spends $800 dollars on gifts over the holiday season.

🌲25 billion pounds of edible food are wasted each year.

Nearly 60% of Americans received unwanted gifts during the holiday. 52% of them re-gifted their unwanted gifts to others in an example of how one person's garbage can become another person's garbage.

In a national survey, 70% of Americans agreed that there should be less emphasis on gift giving and spending during the holidays.

Consider the beauty, the simplicity, and the sustainability of throwing a Buy Nothing Zero Waste holiday next year.

Happy Holidays 2022. 

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