Uh Oh! The Dirty Truth About Santa’s Carbon Footprint

As world leaders met in Durban, South Africa to discuss climate change, one has to wonder if the issue of Santa Claus’ huge carbon footprint came up. According to Ethical Ocean, Santa’s carbon footprint for his annual trip around the world to deliver presents comes to 69.7 million metric tons, with those toys being the biggest contributor to his footprint. That is more than the annual carbon footprint of the entire country of Ireland (60.3 million tons)!

What can Santa do? Perhaps he needs some targets and a plan to get back on track. Let’s take a look at his track record and see where he could improve.

Santa's Carbon Footprint Infographic

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

The Santa who comes to our house doesn’t wrap the presents. They are left in stockings that are re-used each year or left unwrapped next to the stocking. The milk is local organic milk and the cookies are homemade by our kids. Hopefully there won’t be any lemons this year.

What steps is your Santa taking to reduce his emissions?

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Image credits: Photo of Santa Claus - LadyDragonflyCC on flickr Carbon Footprint Info Graphic: Ethical Ocean

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R9 days ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R9 days ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R9 days ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R9 days ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R9 days ago

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Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence6 years ago

Gosh, next someone will be telling me Santa isn't real...:)

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colleen p.
colleen p6 years ago

i like having a physical copy of my games and movies. godforbid I want to take it with me or loan it to a friend, or brag about owning a rare game (or just pirate the ISO rom verson)

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Sandi Bright
Sandi Bright6 years ago

We could all help Santa reduce his carbon footprint by remembering the reason we celebrate. To many, it is the celebration of the Christ Child, to still many others, it is a celebration of loved ones, friends and the Mother Earth. If we concentrated on the spirit of the season, not the toys of the season, Ol' Santa's carbon foot print would be greatly diminished. This is the year my family finally ( with a lot of pushing from me ) decided that the holidays would be spent in a old fashioned manner. Our dinner together is our gift to each other. The money that would have spent on gifts, has gone to help needy families. May we all do something from our hearts this season and lay off of Santa for a while. He will try harder next year!

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Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado6 years ago

Noted!

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K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

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