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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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