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Greening Your Thanksgiving Celebrations

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Halloween is over, next up Thanksgiving. Here are some great tips for adding some green to the fall colors of Thanksgiving and having an eco friendly turkey day:

Remember the Three Rs – Reduce, reuse, recycle is a good mantra to live by at any time of the year, but Thanksgiving is a great time to up your efforts:

Use reusable shopping bags when out gathering ingredients for your holiday feast and reduce the amount of waste you produce by buying only as much as you need and choosing products that come in packaging that can be easily recycled.

Although they are undoubtedly easier to clean up, resist the temptation to use paper napkins and opt for the good old fashioned cloth variety instead.

If you have a backyard and you don’t have a compost bin in use yet the inevitable Thanksgiving leftovers will make a great starting point for one.

Shop Locally – Locally grown food supports your local economy, requires less fuel to reach store shelves and generally even tastes better as well since it does not have to be packaged for maximum shelf life. And consider avoiding the supermarket as much as possible, the fall in general is a great time to spend a morning at the local farmer’s market and you should be able to find the majority of the ingredients you need to create your Thanksgiving feast right there.

Celebrate Close to Home – Thanksgiving weekend is one of heaviest for highway travel in the United States, not a good thing for the environment. Wherever possible skip the holiday travel and stay out home to celebrate. If you really must travel (yes we know what mothers are like if you miss a family get together) try to do so as responsibly as possible.

If you are driving before you set out make sure your tires are all properly inflated, which makes your car more fuel efficient and see if you and other friends and family members can arrange a holiday carpool to get you all to your holiday destinations.

Remember the Reason for the Season – Thanksgiving isn’t all about football and food.  Even if you follow no particular religion, however, Thanksgiving is a good time to count your blessings, beginning with the many ways the natural environment sustains and enriches our lives.