Effects of Holiday Travel on the Environment


The holidays are a time to be with friends and family to celebrate the season. Being with friends and family means holiday travel which means that more carbon dioxide is being pumped into the atmosphere. While we may not be aware of it, the additional CO2 is contributing to climate change. 

When adding up the fuel that is used by driving and flying, it really adds up. But that is not the only increase in greenhouse gas emissions over the holiday season. 

Other Ways the Holidays Affect Climate Change

In addition to the holiday travel, the amount of household waste increases by 25% on average during the season. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, the additional waste takes the form of wrapping paper, shopping bags, ribbons, bows, cardboard boxes, and the like. More waste means more garbage in the landfills which also contributes negatively to climate change. 

Add to that the light pollution and energy drain created by holiday lighting. The increase in the amount of water usage. Along with the purchasing of non-recyclable gifts and you have a holiday season that creates a greater strain on the environment. 

How to Combat Climate Change During the Holidays

Carpool: Carpooling is a great way to save money and reduce CO2 emissions when driving to work, so there is no reason to abandon the practice when travelling for the holiday season. Make plans to pick up relatives and friends who live along the way. Map out the drive to ensure that you are saving gas and reducing greenhouse gas emissions when doing holiday travel. 

And if possible, do not fly. Airliners burn far greater amounts of fossil fuel compared to vehicles. If you can drive, take the train, or ride the bus, that can reduce CO2 emissions considerably over the season. 

Reduce Paper & Plastic Products: It is estimated that eight thousand tons of wrapping paper combined with nearly three billion tons of holiday cards, not to mention the grocery bags and packaging from online shopping, are produced during the holiday season. To reduce the amount of paper and plastic used, there are some popular methods available. 

  • Send E-Mail Cards 
  • Use Recycled Paper
  • Recycle the Wrapping Paper Afterwards
  • Purchase Reusable Plastic Containers 

Remember the Christmas tree as well. If you use a plastic one, then maintain it so that it can be used for many years to come.  

LED Christmas Lights: By switching to LED Christmas lights, you are using a product that is 90% more efficient than its incandescent version. If the lights are outside, use solar powered strings that charge batteries so you can light up your home at night. Keep in mind that the less light, the better it is in reducing light pollution. 

You can make the holidays a fun, enjoyable time with friends and family while minimizing the effects of climate change. By making a few simple adjustments to your holiday travel plans, you can help to reduce CO2 emissions which bring more peace of mind during the season. 

Contact Brickley Environmental Today 

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following. 

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal 
  • Demolition 
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.