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Tackling The Christmas Waste Problem

The holiday season is a time of excess, fun and spending more money than you can afford, and while it’s a time for joy, it’s also a time for a lot of waste. Between the piles of uneaten food, unwanted presents, and mountains of wrapping paper, it can feel like we’re drowning in festive leftovers. But fear not! We can tackle this issue with a bit of humour, some smart choices, and the magic of digital Christmas cards. Let’s dive into the holiday waste problem and how we can all do our part to be a bit greener this season.


We’ve all been there: the turkey is cooked to perfection, the potatoes are golden brown, and the Brussels sprouts… well, they’re there. The problem is, a lot of this delicious (and not-so-delicious) food ends up in the bin. In the UK alone, it’s estimated that over 4.2 million Christmas dinners are thrown away each year. That’s enough to make Santa cry into his mince pie!

Unwanted Presents
We’ve all received that one gift that makes us wonder if the giver was having a laugh. A singing fish wall plaque, anyone? Research shows that Brits alone spend over £700 million on unwanted Christmas presents annually. These gifts often end up gathering dust or, worse, in the landfill.

Wrapping Paper
Who doesn’t love the sight of a beautifully wrapped gift? But once the paper is torn off, it’s usually straight to the trash. It’s estimated that 227,000 miles of wrapping paper are thrown away each Christmas in the UK – that’s enough to wrap around the Earth nine times! And don’t even get me started on the glitter. Pretty, but not recyclable.

Traditional Christmas cards are a lovely way to send holiday cheer, but they contribute to a significant amount of waste. Around 1 billion Christmas cards are thrown away each year in the UK alone. Imagine the forest we could save if we all opted for holiday ecards instead.

Transport and Logistics
The holiday season also sees a spike in delivery drivers rushing to get packages to doorsteps. This increase in transport leads to higher CO2 emissions. In the US, holiday-related deliveries contribute an additional 1.2 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions.

Reducing Holiday Waste
Now that we’ve covered the waste, let’s talk about solutions. Reducing holiday waste doesn’t mean being a Grinch; it’s about making smarter choices.


Plan your meals carefully to avoid overbuying. Use leftovers creatively – turkey curry, anyone? And remember, composting is your friend.

Unwanted Presents
Consider giving experiences instead of physical gifts. A day out, a concert ticket, or a cooking class can be more memorable and less wasteful. And if you do receive that singing fish plaque, re-gift it to someone with a good sense of humour!

Wrapping Paper
Opt for reusable gift wrap, like fabric wraps or gift bags that can be used year after year. If you must use paper, go for recycled or recyclable options. And say no to glitter – it’s pretty but terrible for the environment.

This is where Eco2greetings can help save the day (and the planet). Digital Christmas cards are a fantastic way to send your holiday cheer without the waste. They’re eco-friendly, cost-effective, and can be personalised to show you really care. Plus, they eliminate the need for transport and reduce CO2 emissions associated with traditional card delivery.

Sending holiday ecards is not only a smart choice for the environment, but it’s also a modern and stylish way to keep in touch. Whether it’s business Christmas cards or personal greetings, when you send an ecard, you’re making a positive impact.

Transport and Logistics
Consider consolidating your online shopping to reduce the number of deliveries. Opt for stores that offer eco-friendly packaging and carbon-neutral shipping. Every little bit helps!

The holiday season is all about joy, giving, and making memories. By making small changes, like switching to digital Christmas cards, we can reduce our waste and still have a fantastic festive season. So, this year, let’s send an ecard, make Santa proud and tackle the Christmas waste problem one eCard at a time.

And there you have it – a greener, cleaner approach to Christmas that’s as easy as pie (or should we say, as easy as sending a holiday eCard?).

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