DECEMBER 7TH: TIS' THE SEASON
We're only one week into December and the holidays are rapidly approaching. I swear it was December 1st yesterday! From here on out we will see a major uptick in holiday gatherings with co-workers, friends and family. We will be surrounded by savory foods, holiday sweets, libations and gifts galore - some we love, and some we hate. Just thinking about the holidays can be overwhelming - it's a lot to pack into one month!
Being short on time with a scroll of items to get accomplished involuntarily defines priorities. Don't let values that you abide to all year round get swept away with the holiday spirit. Did you know that according to the CDC Americans throw out 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year's? If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields! Not surprising, about 35% of Americans have an unused Christmas present collecting dust in their closets. A few small changes by our population can decrease these surprising numbers drastically.
You've heard of food waste, right? On an every day basis, we as a country waste an extraordinary amount of food. According to WorldWatch Institute, US households generate 5 million tons of food waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s! You can avoid mass food waste by buying less, planning ahead and using your leftovers wisely.
I've included links below to help you plan a more sustainable holiday. Remember, it's not all or nothing. If you make one change per year, it all adds up to make an an impactful difference. I also want to remind everyone the holidays are special. Celebrate traditions, buy a pineapple for Christmas morning, drink peppermint patties and shower your loved ones with thoughtful and useful gifts.
Enjoy the holiday season!
Go Green for the Holidays
Building a model of local food consumption on trips and holidays: A grounded theory approach
Top 10 Tips to Reduce Food Waste During the Holiday Season