As many Americans spend much of the year trying to eat, shop, spend, and live mindfully, too often the end of the year brings forth overindulgences in all of the above areas. This year, why not try to make your family’s thanksgiving celebration more sustainable with some simple earth-friendly changes & enjoy earth friendly holidays?
Here are a few tips to make your holiday feast something the whole planet can feel grateful for:
Use Real Dinnerware: End the wasteful practice of using plastic forks, knives, spoons, paper napkins and Styrofoam plates. Make your Thanksgiving a little classier and a lot greener by using actual plates, cloth napkins, and real flatware. It may cost a little more upfront to buy some extra place settings, but in the long run you will save money—and trees.
Splurge on Turkey: Since most people don’t eat turkey all that frequently during the year, if you choose to serve turkey as your main dish on Thanksgiving, choose wisely. Many local farmers are raising poultry in more humane conditions. Ask questions. Look for words such as heirloom, organic, local, pasture-raised. By buying non-GMO-fed locally raised turkeys, you’re making a healthier choice for your family and supporting a local farmer’s family.
Serve Local Seasonal Foods: Often cranberries, potatoes and other foods are shipped in from nearly 3000 miles away, which is using a huge resource—fuel—to make your family’s meal. Why not use fruits and vegetables that are in season where you live and buy local produce instead?
Less Food Waste: Each year more than 30 billion tons of food gets sent to landfills. Think about what is going to happen to your leftovers. Can you cook less food so that you’re not stuck with tons of leftovers? Why not guests home with “doggie bags”? Make a casserole from leftover turkey, stuffing, and potatoes? Freeze gravy for future use? There are many ways to reduce the food waste your family generates while celebrating this season of abundance.
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