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Merry Christmas! I guess…

Here are some facts about the holiday season’s impact on our environment:

  1. As many as 30 million Christmas trees will be dumped in the landfill each year
  2. More than a billion Christmas cards are likely to be dumped or burnt – which, laid end to end, would stretch around the world five times.
  3. About 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper will also be thrown out or burnt – enough to gift-wrap the island of Jersey. You can also add to that 125,000 tons of plastic packaging – which, the Liberal Democrats helpfully point out, is the equivalent of more than a million John Prescotts.
  4. 150,000 tons of plastic packaging is thrown away
  5. Many will receive the newest phone, but only 10-15% are recycled
  6. Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period than any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons per week!
  7. Tons of wrapping paper and ribbon…

Make this a merry Christmas by being mindful of our environment. Send e-greetings, purchase gifts that can be recycled, recycle your trash, etc. Give a gift to the environment–be nice and nurture her.

Happy holidays from Rising Star Magazine!

About Cindy Guo

Cindy is senior at Henry M. Gunn High School and is incredibly honored to be a part of the Rising Star Magazine team. She enjoys belting out Disney songs, playing piano, watching Chinese dramas, and babysitting. Cindy serves as California DECA's VP of Silicon Valley and is also the singing teacher at FCSN and the President of HEARTS Nonprofit. She can be contacted at cindy@risingstarmagazine.com

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