Did you know that household waste increases by more than 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s? Extra food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons result in an additional 1 million tons a week going into landfills. Some five million tons of food—enough to fill the 100-story John Hancock Building in Chicago more than 14 times—will have been wasted between Thanksgiving and the end of 2013, . Plus, holiday travelers and shipments hit the roads and airports by the tens of millions, burning through fuel as they crisscross the nation. All of this adds up to an extremely wasteful season.
Don’t be dismayed, though. You can change your tune and help the planet by making a few smart choices this year. Here are 10 ideas that will help you green the season.