Now that Thanksgiving has passed, the holiday frenzy has officially descended upon us. Although the holidays are often known as a time of generosity, they have a profound negative impact on the environment.
The nature of the technocentric society we live in today coupled with the economic systems that sustain multinational manufacturing amount to a considerable amount of waste generation over the holiday season, in addition to a surge in greenhouse gas emissions. The holidays, however, don’t have to be such an assault on the environment. Rest assured, you can still celebrate the holidays as you normally do and reduce your environmental impact. All it takes is a few minor adjustments to normal holiday-time behaviors and rituals.
–Look locally: we’re certainly not suggesting that you forgo giving gifts, and of course there are many items that currently do not have eco-friendly alternatives. However, for some items on your holiday checklist, there are many viable options that have lesser environmental impact, such as handmade and artisan goods.