When it comes to celebrating for Thanksgiving this year, we’ve been thinking of ways we can incorporate eco-friendly ideas for decorating, cooking and clean up. Here are our tips to give thanks and keep our planet in mind.
1. Organic & Free Range Turkeys
It’s hard to have Thanksgiving without a turkey so we aren’t going to go there. If you take your kids to see the recently released animated film, Free Birds, you may end up with pizza as a main course… . Many choose to opt-out of turkeys and go meatless but if you are going to serve the traditional feathered friend, consider organic and free range turkeys.
2. Grow a Garden & Buy Local
Some of us have our very own vegetable gardens which is a great way to know exactly what you and your family are eating, save money and reduce your carbon footprint. And let’s be honest, it’s pretty awesome to live off the land in our own backyard. For those without a green thumb or for food you’re not growing, support your local farmers. It cuts down on how far your food travels and you’re supporting your community. Search for local farmers from Local Harvest.
3. Decorate with Nature
This is the time of year where the leaves turn from green to stunning yellows, oranges and reds. Take a walk outside and gather a bucket full that have naturally fallen to the ground and fill them in glass jars, vases or other containers. If you live where these beautiful leaves aren’t as easy to come by, try gathering small rocks or small tree branches. Bring the outdoors in and embrace the season. You can even use some of those gorgeous fruit and veggies to create a centerpiece that wont go to waste.
4. Skip Paper & Plastic
Use the good dishes, glasses and silverware over paper or plastic options. Cutting out all those paper plates, cups and plastic serving utensils reduces waste and will also save you money at the store. If you really must use the disposable stuff, opt for biodegradable tableware.
5. Naturally Clean
Use natural cleaning products to clean up after the feast. Stock up on baking soda, lemon juice, white vinegar and club soda. Here are great ideas from Real Simple for cleaning without chemicals. When washing those REAL plates, cups and utensils, fill up the sink with cleanser and warm water and wash rather than letting the faucet run. Create or add to your compost pile with all the fresh kitchen scraps (skip the meat and oils). Feed the nutrient rich compost to that fantastic garden of yours!
Don’t forget, getting together with family and friends for the holidays is a perfect time to ask them to bring over items you are collecting for recycling such as inkjets, cell phones and small electronics!
- Team Planet Green Recycle