What are we wasting this Christmas
Did we know these facts –
300,000 tonnes of card packaging used at Christmas
1 billion cards end up in the bin and not recycled
227,000 miles of wrapping paper is thrown away
250 tonnes Christmas trees thrown away – not used for compost
2 million turkeys | 74 million mince pies | 17.2 million sprouts
THROWN AWAY EVERY CHRISTMAS
13,350 tonnes of glass thrown out after Christmas (1)
25% more trash thrown away during Thanksgiving – New Year Holiday
25 million tons of extra garbage (1 million extra tons per week)
2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year (2)
4 million tons of gift wrapping and shopping bags – Christmas trash (3)
30% increase of waste at Christmas time
$11 billion spending on Christmas gifts
20 million unwanted gifts received at Christmas
86% find Christmas puts a strain on their finances
66% report buying Christmas gifts as major cause of this pressure
150,000km wrapping paper used during Christmas
enough to wrap around Earth’s equator 4 times
5 million tonnes of food ends up in landfill each year
90% discard over 25% of their food during the festive period
December 1 – January 1 (4)
We keep hearing about the waste on our planet and where it is ending up.
These stats are telling us that we cannot even be bothered to recycle when there is an option.
What sort of world have we become and WHY?
What drives our irresponsible behaviour to continue?
What is our individual Responsibility with our waste?
Could it be possible that we love the whole festive time because it is comfortable and we find it easy to switch off to the excess waste we are adding at this time of year?
Are we boring and unsociable if we choose to not subscribe to the Christmas waste?
Are we seen as the weird ones, if we consider the precious planet we live on?
What if mother Earth is asking us to stop dumping on her?
What if Earthquakes are a correction because we have created an ill on this planet?
Would our wise kids, if they knew the facts and had real education and understanding about Christmas waste, make different choices?
WHY is buying Christmas gifts a major cause of financial pressure when we really do have a choice?
Is that present buying and wrapping moment giving us any form of evolution?
Is it a waste of our time, shopping and waiting hours to get the car parked, then queue in the lines at the checkouts to buy gifts that could be unwanted?
What happens to all those unwanted gifts?
Do we get rid of them immediately?
Do we hoard them with our ‘Just Incase’ Syndrome?
Do we re-wrap and give them out to others?
Do we hate that our home is full of unwanted gifts?
Do we sell them on those sites or do a car boot sale?
Do we simply bin them and not think about landfill?
Do we act fake and phoney and pretend we like them?
Do we resent the fact that our gift buying costs us £$?
Has anyone asked or considered this Question
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE ?
WHY are millions of turkeys and mince pies thrown out every year?
WHY is this happening and WHY is it making no sense at all?
Can we agree SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT if 5 million tonnes of food ends up in landfill each year in just one country?
WHY have we got malnutrition in the 21st century and a global obesity epidemic and all this un-necessary waste when it comes to food?
WHY are we not asking more and more Questions and talking about this stuff at every opportunity and every dinner table conversation?
So how does all this waste for one day of the year make us feel?
How long does that excitement or dream we had actually last?
Have we thought about the amount of time we waste on this waste stuff?
Are our waste-full behaviours adding to the Careless world we have created?
Do we care what happens and where that trash actually ends up?
Do we care enough about our planet Earth to bring about real change?
Is it time to Question everything when it comes to our Christmas waste?
Would this lead to further questions about our endless waste-full ways?
Does our Christmas waste tell us something about how we choose to live and deal with our waste in everyday life?
Does our Christmas waste confirm that we like to have a good time but not consider the consequences of our choices as that would mean taking Responsibility?
Is our Christmas waste an extension of how we deal with our everyday trash – with little regard of where it ends up?
Are we simply loving the “let loose and do what we like” season, way too much to even contemplate or consider what happens to our Christmas waste?
Are we ready to admit that we think we are responsible but are we really, if we look at every aspect of our life and that includes our waste-full ways at Christmas?
What if everything actually matters, regardless of the time of year?
The BIG Question is – was it worth it?
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(2) (n.d). Frequently Asked Questions: Holiday Waste Prevention. Stanford University. Retrieved December 10, 2018 from
(3) Cole, N.L. (2017, March 6). Christmas: What We Do, How We Spend and Why It Matters. ThoughtCo. Retrieved December 10, 2018 from
(4) (2018, November 28). How Much We Waste at Christmastime. National Storage. Retrieved December 10, 2018 from