REDUCE! REUSE! RECYCLE! - Some Basic Holiday Statistics

Did you know…?

The average spending for Christmas gifts in 2007 was $859 per person and yet…

87% of Americans believe holidays should be more about family and caring for others, not giving and receiving gifts.

79% of the population believe it's not necessary to spend a lot of money in order to have a fulfilling and enjoyable holiday.

About 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season.

More than 680 million batteries are bought in the each year, but just 5% of those are rechargeable - the rest are sent to landfills.

Within three months, 41% of the toys children receive will be broken. Most will go in the trash.

From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25%.

Food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons - it all adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills. Many will get the latest mobile phone but only 10 to 15% are recycled.

1.9 billion Christmas cards are sent to friends and loved ones every year, making Christmas the larg-est card-sending occasion in the United States.

This amount of cards requires the harvesting of nearly 300,000 trees, would fill a football field 10 stories high, and, if laid end to end, would stretch around the world five times.

If they were made from recycled paper, it would help to save the equivalent of 248,000 trees.

38,000 miles of ribbon is thrown out each year. The Earth's circumference is 25,000 miles - enough to tie a bow around the Earth.

More than 8,000 tons of wrapping paper will be used on Christmas presents, using the equivalent of 50,000 trees.

At least 28 billion pounds of edible food are wasted each year - or over 100 pounds per person. One uneaten tablespoon of mashed potatoes adds 16 million pounds of waste to our landfills.

Putting one less cookie on Santa's plate will reduce his snacking by about 2 million pounds.

Americans cut down 33 million real trees to put up in their homes, enough to cover the state of Rhode Island! Of those cut, about 30 million go to the landfill.

Around 125,000 tons of plastic packaging are thrown away over Christmas - that‘s the equivalent weight of more than 50,000 festive polar bears!

More than 80,000 tons of old clothes are thrown away over Christmas.