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Celebrate a Green Christmas

The best way to celebrate a green Christmas is by being sustainable and energy efficient. To most, it is now the season of giving and merriment with our loved ones – but to others, it is also the season of high emissions. The consumption of food, our bright decorations, and holiday trips all contribute to the reported carbon emissions of 1,400lbs of CO2 per person each year.

 

To help curb our emissions this year, here are six high carbon items and habits we can keep track of to a greener and prosperous Christmas:

  1. Christmas Wrapping

    Gift wrappers contribute to about 1.4 tonnes of CO2 – or an equivalent of 5 sacks per household – and that is only during the holiday season!

    So, make sure to recycle the wrappers you receive, or avoid buying glossy and easy-to-break wrappers that can’t be recyclable.

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  3. Ditch your regular Christmas lights

    Did you know that Christmas lights consume so much energy that the amount of Carbon Dioxide it produces each year could power up to 15,000 hot air balloons?

    Switch to more colorful and efficient LED lights to not only make your Christmas brighter, but to also save you up to 90% of your electric bill!

    Another way to further lessen energy consumption and offset carbon emissions during the holiday season is to make the switch to renewable energy sources like solar.

  4. Cook enough food for your guests

    Based on a 2014 report, over 4 million Christmas dinners are wasted every year! That’s equivalented to feeding over 70,000 4-person families, for a total of 16kg of carbon emissions per household.

    So, cook an adequate amount of food for your guests or cook meals that can be stored away for a long time and reheated when needed.

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  6. Plan your travels

    Did you know that an average passenger vehicle emits about 404 grams of CO2 per 2km?

    If you are planning a road trip during the holidays, make sure to plan ahead. Make a list of the places you want to visit and check your GPS for the shortest travel distance and least amount of traffic you would encounter. This method will save you a lot of time, stress, and about 50kg of CO2.

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  8. Green Christmas trees

    If you have a choice between buying an actual tree or an artificial one, always opt for an artificial tree, as it can be reused and will run you about 5 years’ worth of usage.

    On the other hand, if you opt for a real tree, be sure to purchase it from a local distributor to limit the carbon footprint from logistics. It is also worthy to note that this process still releases about 50% of global CO2 sequestered.

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  10. Gifts

    The actual presents we give to our loved ones during the holidays contribute to several carbon emissions. By purchasing a gift abroad, it releases over 14 million tons of greenhouse gases all coming from manufacturing, packaging, and logistics.

 
Why not go with something more sustainable, local, and long-lasting as a gift for your loved ones this holiday season.

To learn more about how you could celebrate a green Christmas and a sustainable New Year, do not hesitate to reach out to our solar ambassadors at info@buskowitz.com and www.buskowitz.com

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