Christmas, the peak of consumerism for our society, so why not make it a green Christmas? We’ve all heard of a White Christmas, but what’s a Green Christmas?
It’s an environmentally ugly stretch of the year when tempting, must-have earthly possessions are paraded in front of us in every imaginable way. The Madison Ave advertising folks make sure that eye-catching TV ads, print ads, glossy photo-rich catalogs, bright store lights await us at every turn.
Every consumer decision has its own unique carbon footprint which then day after day gets layered onto our personal carbon footprints with every day we possess and cherish it.
Every product has embodied energy that went into its manufacture, transportation, and distribution to your local store or as a package dropped on your front steps. It took petroleum and CO2 output to excavate or pump the raw materials to the surface, transport them to a distillery, typically far away, and convert them into the basic material to be used in the manufacturing process. More energy was consumed bending and shaping the materials into the object of your desire. Then an exhaust-belching large ship or diesel truck hauled the product first to a distribution center, then probably to a second distribution center and then through the store’s delivery network to get it into your hands.
It is not Green Blizzard’s intent to guilt you out of enjoying consumer products, but rather to provide insights to enrich your perspective on what’s behind every consumption decision and how it enlarges your carbon footprint going forward.
This holiday season, by dialing back a handful of consumer decisions, you can reduce your future personal footprint and those in your family that you’re impacting with your decision.
Here are a few suggestions to consider this holiday season.
Presents – If you’re a parent giving your kids many many presents – scale back one present. Scratch one present off the list. Who’s going to miss it 10 minutes later?
Program Your Thermostat One Degree Lower – A one-degree decrease shaves 5% off your monthly gas bill. Who’s going to notice 1, even 2 degrees? Go ahead, pull a fast one on your family, it will be months before they realize it!
Crank The Microwave Microwave EVERYTHING Possible – instead of heating the oven to warm leftovers or cook a casserole. A mircowave is so much more efficient that warming an oven during the preheating period and then running it for an hour or so.
Switch Over To Holiday LEDs The prices have dropped over the last few holidays to the point at consumers realize the return on their investment in energy savings in one, maybe two seasons. These cool bulb sets consume a small fraction of the electricity of old fashion lights, which means less coal or natural burnt at some far-away power plant after it has been mined and hauled hundreds of miles.
These are just the tip of the iceberg, scan the range of Green Blizzard articles for more ideas that may match your lifestyle and start staving off some CO2 from your ever-increasing carbon footprint.