Thursday, December 24, 2009
Holiday Cheer Loads 1,100 lbs of CO2 per American!
Gift wrap, cards and shopping bags lead to 4 million tons of paper waste, according to Giacobbe, and don't forget that turkey dinner and trimmings, entertainment, travel and even - get this - weight gain. Every pound you put on adds to the travel talley, because it takes more CO2 to move your fatter behind across the country to see Aunt Betty!
For the entire article, read here: http://www.sphere.com/nation/article/calculating-your-christmas-carbon-footprint/19289192.
http://www.carbonfund.org/ this year. While you should still be minimizing your CO2 expenditures by choosing low-carb, low-trash gifts and wrap options (get tips here: http://ecocuriosity.blogspot.com/2009/12/less-is-more-in-gifting.html), you can mitigate the remaining damage for relatively little money by purchasing carbon offset credits from CarbonFund.org.
And while you're at it, why not consider a CarbonFund offset credit gift certificate for the heavy carbaholics on your gift list. You can find these here: http://tiny.cc/CarbFundGifts.
By the way, you'll find a permanent link to the CarbonFund along the right-hand margin of this blog. Consider using it every time you travel, make a major purchase, etc.