Year after year, like many others, I enjoy a festive hour of carol singing as I write my annual stack of congratulations. Not only does it serve as the perfect opportunity to evaluate your relationships — is that cousin you don’t remember meeting really making the cut? – but as a thoughtful, affordable way to tell someone you’re thinking of them this holiday season. However, how much help will these happy tidings be as we face the impending doom of climate change?
Every single Christmas card you send emits an estimated 140kg of carbon dioxide during production. Additionally, 1 billion of these cards will likely end up in the landfill after a fun few weeks on the mantelpiece. The few wasted after I misspelled names are sure to come back to haunt me now. Leaving the Christmas message aside, it seems that producing masses of greenhouse gases and 1 billion wasted cards is nothing more than a beautifully packaged example of consumer habits fueling the climate crisis.
But for many, Christmas cards are more than that. It’s a great way to keep in touch with old friends, share an annual photo of your kids, and show your family that you care. Receiving cards reminds people to call a loved one, or maybe just frantically trying to remember if that was the person they unlisted or not! Whatever you think about it, sending Christmas cards is a tradition dear to many, and an opportunity to send a message that a gift can’t quite convey.
But given the enduring damage these festive fiends are wreaking on our planet, will you be sending out Christmas cards this year? Perhaps the rising cost of living has already made your choice, or the impending postal strike, like many. And I’m sure some are happy for the excuse!
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23189643.christmas-cards—waste-tradition-ellen-jones-bhasvic/?ref=rss Christmas cards – waste or tradition? Ellen Jones, BHASVIC