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The holiday season is officially here. Thanksgiving is over, and now people are hustling and bustling to get their Christmas shopping done. One thing that is known about this holiday is that it’s extremely expensive. Not only is it costly on the bank account but also to the earth.

When people start decorating for Christmas, they usually start with the tree. It’s part of what Christmas is known for. There’s the big tree in Rockefeller Center in New York city and all the thousands of ordinary trees in people’s homes. It’s a pretty important part of Christmas. Some argue that getting a real tree is better on the environment as it is natural and doesn’t take thousands of years to decompose unlike the plastic alternative. But what are the effects, really?

Well, according to the New York Times, it looks like real trees are the way to go. In order to be greener than using a real tree, someone would have to use their artificial tree for at least 20 years. This is not at all realistic as the average lifespan of a plastic tree is six years. The environmental impact of real trees is substantially smaller than than fake trees. SInce the fake ones contain PVC and polyvinyl chloride when emitted, they are three times more impactful on the environment. To be environmentally friendly this Christmas season, environmentalists recommend a real tree. They help to protect and stabilize soil, are biodegradable in a much shorter time span, and they make the living room smell really good.

How about the presents that are put under the tree? Of course, the picture perfect present is important to most people. Presentation is everything. But how does it affect the earth? According to Commercial Waste, the United Kingdom alone is projected to throw away 227,000 miles of wrapping paper this year. That’s enough to wrap around Jersey, an island in the English channel. Alternatives are to use newspaper, cloth, reusable bags, and to, of course, recycle the paper used on Christmas day.

Other things to consider this Christmas include Christmas cards, food packaging, and electric waste. The amount of Christmas cards that are sent out each year accumulate up to 500 rotations around the earth. Something that could be used instead are E-cards. The sentiment may not be the same, but the environmental impact is much less. As for the plentiful food people partake during this season, there is so much more waste than what people would assume. As written by Commercial Waste, the UK alone uses up more than 4,500 tons of tin foil and 125,000 tonnes of plastic wrap. The amount of waste humans are producing is unremarkable.

One way  to reduce your carbon footprint this holiday season is to buy a real tree. As mentioned before, it is much better on the earth. Use LED lights on your Christmas tree and outside the house. According to Living Direct, they are 75% more efficient, save money, and, of course, are much more eco friendly than the alternative. When it comes to gifting, buy locally. Don’t but battery operated machines, as the batteries can really destroy destroy the earth with all the chemicals they contain. On Christmas day, please remember to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

 

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3 Responses to “Happy Earth, Happy Christmas”

  1. Kelsey Wise on December 10th, 2018 11:16 am

    Great article Annie! I like how you backed up your points with actual evidence and you really put a lot of thought and effort into backing those points up. Really great article!

  2. Lanie Miller on December 12th, 2018 11:19 am

    I loved this article Annie! It’s awesome that you took the time to research and inform us on something that has a lot to do with most people because almost everyone puts up a tree. This was great information to obtain! Great job!

  3. Katelyn Schreckenghaust on December 14th, 2018 8:03 am

    I liked how you brought attention to the dangers that artificial trees and wrapping paper bring to the environment. I also liked how you provided possible solutions for people to protect the environment. Great article!

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