by Wendy Gabriel
Editor’s Note: Each Wednesday My Green Side brings Simple Tips for Green Living to The Christopher Gabriel Program. We also highlight a different favorite green site each week. You can stream the segment at approximately 1020am (CDT) every Wednesday at WDAY.com.
GREEN TIP: Make your Thanksgiving a little greener this year. Whether you’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner or traveling to celebrate the holiday, there are many things you can do to have a greener Thanksgiving.
- If you’re cooking, try to find ingredients that were grown locally. Do your shopping at farmers markets or your local co-op. To find out where they are, look in your local newspaper or search the Eat Well Guide.
- For food you buy from the grocery store, choose items with minimal packaging. And be sure to bring your own bags with you.
- Serving turkey? Choose an organic bird.
- Provide cloth napkins and reusable dishware and utensils. You won’t be sending napkins, plastic plates and cups to a landfill and you’ll save money.
- Adjust the thermostat down a couple of degrees. All that cooking and the body heat from your guests will surely compensate. You’ll save energy and that will save you money.
- Compost all the waste you can.
- If you’re traveling to enjoy dinner at someone else’s house, carpool with family or friends. And of course if you’re bringing food, follow the tips above and pack your dish in a reusable container.
- Remember to give thanks.
BONUS TIP: If you have any leftover turkey, try this awesome Turkey Pot Pie Recipe from Robin Shreeves at A Little Greener Every Day.
My Green Side’s weekly website pick:
Use the Local Harvest website to find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area.