How to Green Your Holiday in 9 Easy Steps

Did you know that with the coming of the holidays, the U.S. sees a significant rise in trash? Just think about all of the things you throw away during the holiday season. First there are the greeting cards that, at most, last the month before being thrown away. Then there are all of those plastic shopping bags, packaging from boxes, bubble wrap, gift wrap, tags, bows, decorarions and the endless sea of disposable dinnerware. We’re not even going to get into the issue of christmas trees. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25%. Here are some pretty horrifying statistics.

Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all add up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills.


An estimated 2.6 billion holiday cards are sold each year in the United States, enough to fill a football field 10 stories high.


If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet.


Half of the paper America consumes is used to wrap and decorate consumer products.

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The average American spends $800 on gifts over the holiday season. According to a national survey, 70% of Americans would welcome less emphasis on gift giving and spending.

American Research Group/ Center for a New American Dream

Nearly 60% of Americans receive unwanted holiday gifts each year and 52% re-gift unwanted gifts.

For many of us, forfeiting holiday gift giving or sending holiday cards just isn’t an option. And what would the holidays be without a large spread of food for the party? But there are lots of solutions to the many environmental issues that the holiday’s bring. If you’re trying to green your holiday party, it’s not impossible, actually it’s pretty easy and fun! Try some of our tips that will help to minimize your carbon footprint and help to green your holiday event