Thanksgiving is a time for thanks and reflection. But today we’re going to take a look at the ways you can go green during the Thanksgiving Holiday. You can start by leaving your car parked and choosing to walk, bike or take public transit to get around town. If you’re hosting the turkey feast this year, there are plenty of eco-friendly recipes to choose from that use organic ingredients. What are some other ways you can go green during the holidays?
Ways You Can Go Green During the Thanksgiving Holiday
It’s a time to be with loved ones and share what you’re thankful for. It’s also a time to reflect on the things that have been going well this year, as well as those things that haven’t been going so well. And this is a good time to bring out a new side of yourself–a side that cares about our planet and its natural resources. One way you can show your care for the earth is by going green over the Thanksgiving holiday. To do this, try some of these ideas:
Leave your car parked and walk, bike or take public transit around town. If you’re hosting the turkey feast this year, try using organic ingredients in recipes like pumpkin pie made from organic pumpkin puree or potatoes topped with organic sour cream. If you’re not hosting the feast, go to a restaurant that uses locally-grown ingredients or shop for food at your local farmer’s market.
Forget the paper towels! Use old t-shirts or dish cloths instead when wiping up spills and countertops. Be sure to compost anything left over after dinner so the natural decomposition process turns turkey bones and other leftovers into rich soil.
In addition to organic recipes, try using organic wines from wineries that use sustainable farming practices. Instead of playing the holiday drinking game every time a relative says a potentially offensive comment, go outside for a walk instead. This will not only get you some exercise, but help reduce the carbon emissions caused by driving all over town.
It’s time to go green this Thanksgiving! Consider hosting or attending a potluck meal instead of cooking at home. This way, you won’t have to worry about heating up your big oven. Be sure to bring your own reusable container for leftovers. If you’re shopping for gifts, look for organic cotton clothes or toys from companies that use sustainable business practices.
There are lots of ways to get your Green on over the Thanksgiving holiday! Don’t be afraid to get creative and think of some eco-friendly activities you can share with loved ones this year.
· Leave your car parked and use alternative transportation around town
· Try using organic ingredients in recipes this year such as organic pumpkin puree, potatoes topped with organic sour cream and even drinks like organic wine made from local grapes
· Compost whatever is left over after eating so you can use the compost to benefit your garden or houseplants
· Bring your own reusable container when you go out to eat
· If hosting the turkey feast, consider having a potluck style meal instead of cooking for everyone yourself
· Look for organic cotton clothes or toys to purchase for this year’s gifts.
By getting creative and thinking outside the box, you can have a very green Thanksgiving.
Besides traditional gardening, one way to go green is by composting the food you don’t eat at your Thanksgiving dinner so it can be used as fertilizer for other plants. One other option is to host or attend a potluck Thanksgiving dinner instead of cooking at home so you won’t have to heat up your oven or use other appliances. There are lots of ways you can incorporate green practices into the Thanksgiving holiday.