Christmas and the Environment Discussion

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Christmas and the environment Discussion questions

Which of these things do you think have the worst effect on the environment?

 Wrapping paper

 People flying abroad during the Xmas holidays

 People driving to their parents’ houses during the Xmas holidays

 Making Xmas cards

 Sending Xmas cards

 Overconsumption of food

 Buying food which doesn’t get eaten

 Packaging of Xmas foods and Xmas presents

 Disposing of the rubbish that is created

 Unwanted presents that are rarely or ever used

 Xmas products which companies produce and have to be thrown away because they aren’t sold

 Throwing out of old things that Xmas presents have replaced

 Electricity used by Xmas lights 

 Xmas decorations

 Growing and annual throwing away of (real) Xmas trees

How could you and your family cut down on those things? What could the government, charities 
and individuals do about each one? 

Is the amount of packaging thrown away after Xmas presents are opened mainly something that the 
government, companies or consumers should do something about?

Some people say that the lack of work and transport during the Xmas holiday almost makes up for 
the increased consumption. Do you think this could be true? Is it very relevant to the environmental 
arguments against Xmas?

How is it possible to recycle or reuse these things?

 Xmas food

 Christmas trees

 Xmas cards

 Wrapping paper

 Unwanted presents

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Would you be happy to do these things if you found out that they were much better for the 

 Saving wrapping paper and re-using it

 Cutting off the pictures on Xmas cards  and then putting them on a blank piece of paper or card 

to make next year’s cards

 Sending e-cards instead of physical Xmas cards

 Making your own Xmas cards

 Making your own Xmas decorations

 A vegetarian Xmas dinner

 A plastic Xmas tree

 Using another plant in the place of a Xmas tree

 Raise your own turkey and then eat it at Xmas

 A potted Xmas tree that you keep all year (maybe in your garden) rather than a cut-down one

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