This information found in Consumer Reports Magazine explains some statistics of the environmental impact of the holidays.
* Sparkly, Shiny paper may not be recyclable. Check your town’s disposal rules and consider using matte paper or alternate wrapping materials next year.
* 53% of Americans opt to save and reuse gift wrap. Saving wrap will also save money.
* There is a $50 fine in Aurora, IL for locals whose decorations twinkle past March 18th. How many other towns across the country opt for similar rule and fines. On that same note, January 6th is Three Kings Day: some say that is the date to take down your tinsel.
* 8,471 Miles is the distance traveled by the average artificial Christmas tree from manufacture to disposal. Imagine the fuel consumption for that amount of miles.
* The Nation Resources Defense Council says that real trees are more eco-friendly. Next year try to Go (Ever) Green!
* 80% of American households display artificial firs.
* 4,000+ communities across the country sponsor tree-recycling programs. Check with your town to see if they offer this program.
* LED lights use 1/6th the amount of electricity of conventional lights. Try investing in LED lights when they are on sale after the holidays and be sure to recycle the broken lights. Check out http://www.holidayleds.com for more information on recycling your holiday lights.
Let us all try to lessen our carbon foot print this year and continue this challenge for years to come.