by Wendy Gabriel
GREEN TIP: Plan to 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.
I absolutely love Thanksgiving. We have a big family and over the years my parents always randomly invited wonderful and interesting people to share our Thanksgiving meals. Now that I have a family of my own, I endeavor to make my daughters’ memories just as memorable. I have much to be thankful for so trying to make Thanksgiving a little greener is the least I can do in my quest to save the world.
Here are some great tips with some help from the Green Team:
- 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.
As you begin to assemble your Thanksgiving to-do list, take your time, drink responsibly and think green.