The Enviromental Cost of Christmas

This year, we are expected to throw away no less than 227,000 miles of wrapping paper, enough to wrap around the Island of Jersey

Additionally, if we placed all our Christmas cards alongside one another they would stretch around the world 500 times.

We also get through 4,500 tonnes of tin foil and 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging during the Christmas season.

Greenpeace recently found that as little as 1kg of wrapping paper emits 3.5Kg of COduring its production process, taking 1.3kg of coal to power its production.

This does not take into account further packaging and transportation.

Now more than ever we are showering our friends and family with electronic toys and devices of great varieties. The only issue is that some of these gifts require disposable batteries.

On average, we buy ten batteries per year for gadgets and toys. In 2009, only two out of every ten of these found their way to recycling plants.

The EU Batteries Directive has set battery recycling targets at 45 per cent for 2016.

Last year the UK recycled 36 per cent of all batteries and 83 per cent of lead acid batteries.

You can now recycle used batteries in shops around the UK, as stores selling more than 32kg of batteries a day must provide instore recycling bins.

So what about Christmas trees?

Many people have short-lived debates over buying fake or real Christmas trees, but this decision has consequences for the environment.

Each year we buy 6-8 million real Christmas trees, with 5.3 million households opting for artificial trees:

Artificial trees:

  • Produced in South Korea, Taiwan or China, and are shipped thousands of miles to get to your home.
  • Are non-biodegradable, so are sent to landfill or are incinerated.

Real Christmas trees:

  • Are grown over a period of 7 to 10 years.
  • Help protect and stabilise soil.
  • Are biodegradable.
  • Also need to be transported, but at much shorter distances.

Our Trees will be available for purchase on Monday 25th November so pop in and choose the environmentally friendly option.