While the Christmas period is undoubtedly a time of togetherness and joy, it's also a major contributor to global waste and carbon emissions. From China to the USA, the impact of the festive season on our environment is hugely negative - and getting worse.
While it's certainly not the worst offender, the United Kingdom has a major problem with festive waste. In this infographic, we examine this problematic Christmas tradition.
The impact of the Christmas season on our environment is very negative, and getting worse.
While it's certainly not the worst offender, the United Kingdom has a major problem with festive waste. During the Christmas season, we eat as a nation, 80 per cent more than during the rest of the year. The worst is that we are producing excess waste and pollution to the point where we are binning around 230,000 tonnes of food during the Christmas period, plus: 4.200 tons of foil, 125.000 tons of plastic, 750m bottles, 500m cans, 1bn Christmas cards.
Of the 6 million trees bought each year, only 1.2 million will be recycled. But it's not just trees we send do landfill. 53 per cent of people admit they throw away considerably more food at Christmas. We also toss 3m tons of general waste every Christmas.
For the environment may be just the way to make the guilt of Christmas easier. You will be healthier and save your finances, and your bin will thank you if you buy less and waste less.