Christmas is said to be the most wonderful time of the year – but it’s certainly the most wasteful. As the big day approaches, Sustinabletopics rounds up some of the most shocking resources and waste statistics of the 2019 festive season.
The year is coming to a close, and the feeling that the global sustainability conversation is moving more rapidly than ever before, and will never evolve more slowly again, is palpable. Between nations like the UK and New Zealand setting legally-binding net-zero targets, the climate strikes movement sweeping across the globe, and ‘climate emergency’ declarations being made on a near-daily basis, 2019 has been a year of acceleration.
But as Sustainabilitytopics readers – and the public as a whole – prepare to wind down and spend some time cosying up with their friends and families (and the odd mince pie or two), the UK’s waste problem won’t be taking any time off.
Despite calls for the giving of time, experience and charity donations instead of things – and the increased popularity of products such as reusable water bottles, glitter-free wrapping paper and recyclable cards – several studies in recent weeks have suggested that the ghost of Christmas past continues to haunt the UK when it comes to waste.
Here, Sustainabilitytopics rounds up the key challenges which the nation’s Christmas celebrations pose to sustainability progress.