Serving Up a Greener Thanksgiving

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.

Little Greek goddess at the pumpkin patch

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.

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  1. Cool chef’s avatar

    Thank for your info about thanksgiving

  2. Joyce’s avatar

    Thanks for all these great tips! Thanksgiving is definitely a great opportunity to show friends and family how to be more eco-conscious. Thanks so much for mentioning Eat Well Guide, I actually volunteer for them! 🙂 Just wanted to let you know about our Local and Organic Thanksgiving Challenge. . Eat Well has teamed up with the Consumers Union, nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, to issue a Local, Organic Thanksgiving Challenge. We’re inviting people to take a spin on the Eat Well Guide to find local food and cook at least one local (preferably organic) dish for Thanksgiving, and share recipes at the CU site. You can read more about it at the Green Fork:
    [http://blog.eatwellguide.org/2008/11/take-the-local-organic-thanksgiving-challenge/]

    Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

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