How to Reduce Santa's Carbon Footprint of 67.9 Million Metric Tons

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Delivering plastic toys to the well-behaved, well-mannered children of planet Earth is a commendable act. So is stuffing coal into the stockings of the naughtiest ones. Yay Santa!

You'd think that in our day, in which we hear such pieces of advice for going green like ride a bike to the store or do multiple errands in one drive, that Santa's method of riding a Scandinavian sleigh tugged by Arctic reindeer would be near the top of the green-o-meter. It requires no fossil fuel to burn and no lead-acid batteries. According to this whimsical, entertaining and fun infographic from Ethical Ocean, I couldn't be more wrong. Makes me wonder about the reality of the Toyota Prius while we're at it.

Santa has to haul 321,000 tons of toys over a whirlwhind course of 122 million miles in one night. That leaves quite the mark in terms of carbon emissions. But it's not all doom and gloom. Get to the bottom of the infographic you'll enjoy a number of ways in which we can encourage the ol' jolly fella to be a touch kinder to our planet. For example:

  • Leave him some local milk (Or a local micro brew!) and homemade cookies this year.
  • Instead of giving lumps of coal to naughty children, give them an alternative form of energy generation such as a tiny wind turbine of pinwheel, or a few locally grown lemons.
  • Switch to solar power at the North Pole

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via Ethical Ocean - eco friendly products, fair trade and vegan shopping.


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# Stuart 2011-12-23 12:18
Shocking stuff, but I guess everyone needs to look at their Carbon Footprint. Looks like the best thing by far would be not to give the kids toys! Nice seasonal post with a great message. Will share this with the kids and see what they think!
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# Mark 2012-01-03 15:20
Thanks, Stuart!
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# holly 2011-12-27 12:56
Green Christmas
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