The Most Wasteful Time of Year


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During the holidays American households generate 25% more waste. Thatís enough to fill 140,000 garbage trucks every week between Thanksgiving and the New Year.


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During the holidays American households generate 25% more waste. Thatís enough to fill 140,000 garbage trucks every week between Thanksgiving and the New Year.

The equivalent of 30 million trees are used to wrap gifts during the holidays. If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.

Holiday lights consume enough energy to power 400,000 homes for a year. Choose decorations that donít require electricity. Save energy and save nocturnal animals from light pollution.

Take Extinction Off Your Holiday Plate. 318 million pounds of ham are purchased during the holidays. The majority of pigs raised in the United States are fed ractopamine hydrochloride... which is toxic to aquatic invertebrates and the wildlife that depends on them. Choose a plant-based main course instead.


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