We need a real War on Christmas

Nov 2010
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We need a real War on Christmas . . . shopping. We can help clean the planet by reducing gift-giving during the holidays. Household waste increases by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day: an extra one million tons a week in US landfills, much of it merchandise boxes, gift wrapping and discarded Xmas trees.

Nearly 60 percent of Americans receive unwanted gifts during the holidays, of which $90 billion worth are returned. And half of that winds up in landfills because it is often cheaper for a retailer to trash an item than resell it. That’s a lot of energy and resources totally wasted. And, of course, there are the millions of gallons of gasoline consumed by people shopping for gifts.

One way to alleviate the problem is to buy people gift cards that are redeemable at “big box” stores so people can use the cards to buy essentials like groceries or take their time to buy what they really want or need. Or we could limit gift-giving to children. How about “Christmas is for Kids” as a slogan?

Sources:

https://www.care2.com/greenliving/ho...landfills.html

https://money.cnn.com/2017/12/26/new...ill/index.html
There should be laws regarding packaging in general . Why do you need giant boxes that is a complete waste for small products? For example, cereal, giant boxes, and then the bag of the cereal. Just sell the bag, its a waste to have the box. Or does a bottle of a sauce need to be in this really thick glass?
 
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Jan 2016
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There should be laws regarding packaging in general . Why do you need giant boxes that is a complete waste for small products? For example, cereal, giant boxes, and then the bag of the cereal. Just sell the bag, its a waste to have the box. Or does a bottle of a sauce need to be in this really thick glass?
I remember a HUGE dispute over how compact discs used to be packaged back in the 1980s, when they were first introduced. A LOT of unnecessary cardboard packaging. Complete waste.
 
Jun 2014
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I remember a HUGE dispute over how compact discs used to be packaged back in the 1980s, when they were first introduced. A LOT of unnecessary cardboard packaging. Complete waste.

Well, yeah, from an ecologically appropriate point of view. It was certainly inefficient to use more paper and ink than was necessary. That said, the reason they did it was to be able to include the artwork and info that had become typical on an LP record.
 
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Well, yeah, from an ecologically appropriate point of view. It was certainly inefficient to use more paper and ink than was necessary. That said, the reason they did it was to be able to include the artwork and info that had become typical on an LP record.
No, no, I'm not talking about what goes into the inserts that go into the CD jewel-boxes. Of course, everyone wants the original artwork and liner notes that came with the original LPs. That's one of the charms of CDs, in my opinions. I'm talking about the ridiculous packaging that came WITH the CDs, and was usually more than twice as big as the CD jewel-boxes themselves. Here is a link which discusses the controversy. Some people say it was to prevent shop-lifting. I don't know.

Why Were CD Boxes So Big in the Early 1990s?
 
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