Unfortunately in times of plenty a lot goes to waste. The hustle and bustle of the holidays makes everything a lot more complicated. With all the friends, family and food rushing about it is hard to keep track what needs to get done. Even basic attempts to go green are forgotten. But going green doesn’t have to be overwhelming and difficult. Here are five tips on how to take care of the earth and everything else this Thanksgiving.
The most important thing on Thanksgiving is the food. Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Luckily most of your Thanksgiving staples can be bought at local farmers markets. When you eat local, less carbon emissions are used to transport your food which reduces your carbon footprint. (1)
Go green this Thanksgiving by eating organic! Making your menu organic makes it taste better, better for you and greener. Organic foods are grown with less pesticides. (2) Pesticides seep into the earth get washed into streams and lakes, tainting the water.
Make Your Own Gravy
Let no part of the turkey go to waste. You can make your own turkey broth by boiling the turkey neck in some water. Then add some flour, a dash of pepper and turkey drippings to make your own gravy. (Note: Unless you are a professional chef consult a recipe before attempting to feed your family this version of homemade gravy).
Reuse And Recycle
If you have a big family like I do try to use as may cloth napkins and as much real silverware as you can. If that isn’t economically possible for you try buying recycled utensils, napkins, cups and plates. More and more “green” products are being made very year. (3) When you go grocery shopping make sure to bring reusable shopping bags instead of using up a million of the flimsy plastic ones.
Play A Game Of Catch
Go outdoors and be active for a change. Sometime this Thanksgiving try to escape the crowded kitchen and have fun with your kids. Not only will this allow you to get to know your children better but it will also help you work off all the carbs you are destined to eat.
With a few small and simple adjustments you can have a green Thanksgiving. When you are buying food for your feast stop by the farmers market to buy locally and organically. Make the most of your turkey by making your own gravy. Remember to reuse and recycle dishes when possible. Go outside and spend some time enjoying the fall weather and your family. These ideas are sure not only to make your Thanksgiving green but better than ever.