Even though eco-minded infographics may have jumped the shark (or have they?) and St. Nick has already performed thousands upon thousands of benevolent home invasions, here’s something to mull over on this bloated and bleary-eyed Tuesday-after-Christmas: the environmental impact associated with a 300-pound elderly gentleman operating a tundra-reindeer-guided sleigh with a nearly 321,000-ton payload on a 122-million mile journey over the course of one evening.
Needless to say, as the folks over at not-necessarily-maritime-centric green retailer Ethical Ocean have found, the carbon emissions associated with Kris Kringle’s fantastical Christmas Eve journey are pretty wild: 697 million metric tons to be exact. Scroll down to see exactly where all those not-so-merry metric tons of CO2 are coming from along with some creative ideas on how to reduce Mr. Claus' carbon footprint (sleigh upgrade and locally sourced milk and cookies anyone?)

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

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