Eighth day of Christmas: 5 sustainable Christmas facts

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Eighth day of Christmas: 5 sustainable Christmas facts

We’re still in the yuletide season and literally on the downhill slope to more carbon emissions seeing as Christmas is the most wasteful time of the year (accounting for the most food and Christmas decoration items waste mostly as people buy for a want rather than for a need).

We understand that you want to create magical memories for your friends, families, and loved ones, but in the process of doing that you’re building an unsustainable legacy for them by leaving huge carbon footprints resulting in an uninhabitable planet for everyone.

How much impact? What should you know? Well, because we love facts, sustainability and Christmas, we have put together some of our favorite sustainable Christmas facts as our eighth gift to you on our 12 Days of Christmas Special series. We hope you find them helpful.

1. Less snow

Dreaming of a white Christmas? well, you might want to think again.

Climate change and the global temperature increase mean that a white snowy Christmas maybe be less common in some areas.

In the US for example, about 18 out of 25 cities have witnessed a decline in snow.

2. Dying trees

The cost of Christmas trees is up meaning they are more expensive. Why?

This is because of the high demand for live trees and extreme heat which is killing about 70% of seedlings planted, and as a result, has led to a short supply of Christmas trees.

3. Led lights are IT

LED lights are said to be the best Christmas tree lighting option because they are not expensive to purchase, have a much longer lifespan, and use 75% less energy compared to traditional incandescent lights.

4. Text-based emails emit carbon

“What’s in a text?” you may ask, but there’s a lot…in carbon dioxide equivalent (co2e). About 4 grams if we might add.

Text-based emails are responsible for emitting carbon as well, so, if you think sending e-Christmas cards this year is completely carbon-free, you might want to reconsider.

5. Beef? Nah

Beef and lamb have heavy carbon footprints. Turkey and plant-based alternatives are, however, responsible for much less carbon.

And so, our eighth day of Christmas ends. We hope you found our 5 sustainable Christmas facts helpful.

Join us tomorrow as we will be showing you how to sustainably dispose of your Christmas waste. Stay tuned.

Don’t forget to share our 5 sustainable Christmas facts. Happy holiday!

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