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Christmas shopping, how much do you cost me?

Christmas shopping, how much do you cost me?

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You know how much it is Christmas shopping it costs your pocket but you don't know how much it costsenvironment! We are in the middle of the holiday season, each of you has already wrapped and delivered Christmas gifts but what impact had your shopping onenvironment?

Are you wild and unbridled consumers or are you more virtuous? Eat less meat and buying locally produced products will make you more virtuous 365 days a year but to talk about christmas shopping was Chris Hendrickson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

For the average consumer, the largest source of pollution is the home and the car he drives. A study published by Carnegie Mellon University researchers shows that the main sources of harmful emissions it is the private car and the residence; but these are only two factors, a family makes thousands of decisions in a year. During holiday season and other recurrences, doubts arise about what to give or what to buy for the home.

There are relatively few i presents which have a significant impact on the environment. Despite all the promotional messages and marketing strategies of the manufacturers, the list of gifts to buy (and that of gifts NOT to buy) is very small, the rules for virtuous shopping they are few. For this year it may be too late but keep in mind these rules for Christmas holidays 2013.

  1. Buy and eat less red meat and fewer dairy products. The environmental impact of these foods is higher than other foods.
  2. Go shopping by bike, on foot or by public transport. This habit can reduce theCO2 footprint of your purchases by approximately 50 percent.
  3. Buy gifts in the same shop and if you buy online, choose the slowest possible shipping method. In this way, the carbon footprint drops by 20 percent.
  4. Recycle the wrapping paper or use old newspapers for packaging
  5. Making smart gifts with a focus on energy efficiency. Do you have to give a lamp or a TV? Make sure the new one consumes less energy than the old one!