MONIQUE FORD / STUFF Trees That Count chief executive Adele Fitzpatrick offers her advice on how to have a lower-carbon Christmas. In Christmases past, OLIVIA WANNAN shunned plastic and opted for more expensive products, in an attempt to cut her environmental impact. But her investigation of the carbon footprint of the goods we buy found that blindly following these principles could hinder efforts to save the climate. Come Christmas morning, little Joseph unwraps a gift from his aunty. He rips open the wrap; out falls two plastic toy cars, in a plastic and cardboard pack. The discarded packaging highlights the gift has been made in China, rather than New Zealand. Joe’s delighted by the cars, which he zooms around the lounge, as is Aunty by his reaction. But it’s the type of gift many of us would classify as junk: it’s (mostly) plastic, and is made overseas by a generic toy company. The goods we import carry a heavy environmental cost – responsible for about a third of the 42.8 million tonnes of greenhouse gases produced by Kiwi households in 2017, according to Statistics NZ. READ MORE:The climate conundrum: How to get people to eat to save the planet Income… Read full this story
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