Christmas Card - Printed carbon neutral in Australia, on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with vegetable ink
Tis the season to be green...
Ok, so in chapter eight Christie reminds of the need to enjoy ourselves when it comes to celebrations but to be mindful in the manner we go about it. Excess does not equal best.
I just want to highlight Christie's section on how much Co2 emissions from cards alone in the US causes;
"What gives me pause, though, is that every pound of virgin paper made from tree pulp means about 1 pound of CO2 is emitted. (The paper industry, which I discuss in more detail on page 36, is the third largest industrial emitter of greenhouse gases.) Which may not sound like all that much, but around the holidays about 2.6 billion cards are sent. Now, let's assume each of those weighs 0.5 ounces. (The U.S Post Office required only one stamp on any letter weighing 1 ounce or less; I've gotten some thick holiday cards and wedding invitations that required extra postage, and so obviously weigh more than 1 ounce; 0.5 seems like a nice conservative estimate.) That would be 81.25 million pounds of CO2. Yikes."
(For those of us using the Metric System 1 Ounce =