Christmas marks the peak of consumerism – with the truckloads of CO2 intensive and carbon footprint expanding consumer products.
But with a few, simple steps and a dash of self-control you can easily make it a GREENER Christmas. Plus, a dash of self-control over your consumerism this holiday season will have a lasting impact on your lifetime carbon footprint.
This photo shows it well. Through all the hyped idyllic imaginary associated with Christmas consumerism, a faraway oil well is pumping oil and a factory smokestack burning the oil to make your gift a reality.
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 current generation of Mad Man advertisers make sure that eye-catching TV and online ads await us at every click.
This year, make Christmas a little greener and ease off the consumer gluttony.
Every consumer decision has its own unique carbon footprint because of all the embodied energy that went into manufacturing and distributing it. All of which gets layered into our carbon footprints.
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 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 multiple presents, across the board slip one present off the list. Who’s going to miss it 10 minutes later?
Dial Back Your Thermostat – Each degree decrease shaves 5% off your monthly gas bill. Who’s going to notice 1, even 2 degrees?
Crank The Microwave Microwave EVERYTHING – instead of heating the oven every meal, warm the leftovers or cook a casserole in a microwave. It’s so much more efficient than gassing an oven during the preheating period. Cold Cooking Challenge.
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 reducing an ever-increasing carbon footprint.