According to an article by Renee Cho, “Americans produce 25 percent more waste than usual between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, sending an additional one million tons a week to landfills? This COVID-19 holiday season, with online shopping the preferred gift-giving method for many, we will likely generate even more waste mailing packages all over the country. In addition, over two billion Christmas cards are mailed every year, with enough paper to fill a football field 10 stories high. More than 38,000 miles of ribbon are thrown away and usually end up in landfills. Over the holidays, Americans discard half their total yearly paper waste, mostly holiday wrapping and decorations—about nine billion tons. And each person wastes almost 100 pounds of food.” https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2020/12/16/buying-stuff-drives-climate-change/
So, try and moderate your consuming habits this season. Maybe look to give experiences or homemade items for gifts, reuse gift paper and ribbons, re-gift something you have that you don’t need or use. The planet could use the help!