Is there more paper wasted during the holidays than any other time of the year?



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    Very likely, yes. Not only is a huge amount of wrapping paper used during the holidays, a great deal more is used in the form of paper shopping bags during this huge sales rush, as well as cardboard and paper packaging, even greeting cards and envelopes! Those who want to go green during this time of year find many ways to conserve. Use newspaper to wrap gifts, or at the very least, recycled wrapping paper. Also, use cloth bags or go bagless while shopping whenever possible, and send eCards instead of old-fashioned paper cards. Check out the EPA’s guide to reducing winter waste (below).

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    There is definitely more waste produced during the holiday season. According to Recycle Works, from Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25%. Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons – it all adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills. (EPA and Use Less Stuff) In the U.S., annual trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals 4 million tons. (Use Less Stuff) Half of the paper America consumes is used to wrap and decorate consumer products. (The Recycler’s Handbook)

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    Yes.  Half of the paper used in the U.S. is used to wrap and decorate presents, which is usually a holiday occurence.  Then there are the greeting cards.  2.6 billion holiday cards are sold per year in the U.S., which could fill a football field 10 stories high.  Additionally, 40% of battery sales occur at the holidays.

    Between Thanksgiving and New Years, household trash increases over 25%, adding 1 million tons PER WEEK to landfills.

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