The holiday season is upon us! A traditional time of gift giving for billions across the globe, this season of generosity is anything but to our planets resources. Think of how many billions of packages will be sent and gifts will be bought. In America alone, over $1 trillion was spent on Christmas gifts in 2019. Everything bought (often in a box) is then usually placed in another box or wrapped in paper. Ordering online? Think of all the packaging and wrapping and bubble wrap. Oh and how about the fuel used to ship!
Unfortunately, with a pandemic raging across much of the world, it is forecast to be a record year for online purchases. And given the circumstances, that is understandable. I myself will be ordering through Amazon more than I wish. Sustainability and environmental consciousness is not the easiest at this time of year. It is hard to live a renewable-focused lifestyle during the 2020 holiday season. Hopefully people decide to cut down on their use of large online retailers once this is past us. Sorry to be less than cheery!
If only someone could create a highly-compostable cardboard that is cost effective. That would make a great Clean Tech Competition entry!