you will have an enjoyable evening with lots of
food and drinks,
you will find nicely wrapped presents
under your tree,
your house will be decorated with lots of tinsel,
cards and trimmings.
And after Christmas you will be ready to
throw the whole lot away and forget about it
for another year.
Have you ever thought about the
enviromental impact of this
Every year in Britain:
Over 7 million Christmas trees
are bought and at least 75% of them
(about 9,000 tonnes of waste)
will end up in the dump.
83 square kilometres of wrapping
paper will be thrown away.
1 billion Christmas cards will
end up in the rubbish bin.
About 200,000 trees are destroyed to make all the
cards that are sent every year.
About 50,000 trees end their
life as Christmas wrapping
About 13 billion rubbish
bags are filled over
the Christmas period.
The British eat about 3 million turkeys
on December 25.
Many turkeys live in
crowded, windowless sheds.
In order to grow them as fast as
possible, they are fed antibiotics
and become so overweight that
they can’t move.
Perhaps it is the time to find
out more about recycling – and
maybe next year your rubbish
bags after Christmas will be
Christmas trees – this always creates a real
debate. Is it better to go natural or artificial?
An artificial tree uses toxic materials, takes a
lot of energy to produce, and it doesn’t even
last forever! Not so green after all!
Decorate your home with
natural and recyclable materials.
Recycle your wrapping paper.
Recycle or reuse your Christmas cards.
Compost all your food peelings.
Unwanted Christmas presents -
send them to the charity shops,
re-gift them OR
Over 80,000 tonnes of old
clothes will be thrown away
So make sure you donate
your old clothes to a
local charity shop.
Recycle your tree after