Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving Alternatives

By Adam P. Newton, November 27, 2013, Events & Fun, Green

Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving AlternativesThanksgiving is a time to give thanks, and what better time to thank Mother Earth for all that she has given us? This year, show your gratitude to Mother Nature by incorporating these eco-friendly alternatives to your Thanksgiving celebration.

Decorations

There are some simple and eco-friendly decoration ideas to make your Thanksgiving a little more decorative.

  1. Hollow out some colorful gourds and place tea lights in them.
  2. Cut out Thanksgiving themed objects like a pilgrim or turkey out of colorful construction paper and then recycle that paper afterwards.
  3. Go au natural by turning to your backyard. Gather pine cones, leaves, pine branches, etc. to use for centerpieces.

Food

  1. Limit the food waste. Cooking that perfect Thanksgiving meal often results in a lot of waste. So before purchasing any food, finalize your guest count and make an effort to reduce the amount of waste by only buying only as much as you need.
  2. When shopping at the grocery, use reusable bags instead of paper or plastic bags.
  3. Use locally grown or organic foods. Skip the hustle and bustle of the grocery store and buy your ingredients at your local farmers market. Not only are you supporting your local farmers, but buying local is fresher, healthier and good for the environment.  Same goes with organic food as it’s grown without chemical pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, and artificial hormones.
  4. Make it a potluck Thanksgiving. Ask each guest to bring an appetizer, side dish, or dessert to help share in the cost of the meal and reduce energy waste that is generated by hours of cooking.

Trash

  1. Instead of throwing all the trash away, recycle as much as possible.
  2. Package all leftover food in reusable containers rather than creating more waste by using paper plates, plastic bags, and other throwaway items.
  3. Opt for actual plates, napkins, and utensils for your Thanksgiving Feast rather than using paper products for convenience. While using paper makes for an easier clean-up, it adds so much waste to the landfills.

Travel

  1. Stay home if possible. Millions of Americans travel each Thanksgiving holiday using lots of gasoline and producing air pollution.
  2. Choose a central location to minimize time spent on the roads.
  3. Use public transportation when possible.

I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving with your friends and family!

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About 

Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Adam P. Newton never acquired the charming accent that most life-long Texans possess in spades, but he’s OK with that. Adam currently creates and curates online content for Bounce Energy. He also spent several years as a freelance music journalist, and in 2011, he self-published a collection of short stories entitled "If This Parking Lot Could Speak."

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