9 Ways to Be Green and Grateful this Holiday

Give Thanks

Less than a week before Thanksgiving! time for family and friends, food and fun. Let’s admit that it is hard to be green when in the middle of the planning the menu, getting the house ready and greeting guests. How can you bring a little ‘green’ into your celebration? We want to give thanks AND we want to be aware of the environment and keep our green groove going.

Here are some tips to help Be Green & Grateful this holiday:

  1. Skip the disposable!  No need to add more to the waste! If you are low on plates for all the folks you can ask them to bring their own settings. This works especially well if you are doing a buffet/potluck style dinner. It can be an awesome way to not buy disposable and still have enough dishware for everyone. The first time I had experienced bring your own settings when i was young and we would go to the potlucks at the campground we frequented. Everyone had to bring a dish to pass and their own tableware. It worked great! Not much waste and no need to buy extra sittings. If you want a more formal dinner table with everything matching, I’d check out the second hand stores and Goodwill. Many have complete dinnerware sets for less than you can purchase disposable. After the holiday is over, if you don’t need the set, donate it back to Goodwill!
  2. What to do with the leftovers?? Want to send them home with your guests? No need to use all those Ziploc just ask them to bring their own containers.
  3. Turn down the thermostat!! Just 2-3 degrees can make a huge difference and your guests will never notice.
  4. Are you driving to your family’s for Thanksgiving? One way to make it greener is to see if you can car pool. Hitch a ride with Aunt Hildy or see if cousin Greg will ride with you. it is a great way to green your travel.
  5. Decorate your table with the beauty of nature. Acorns, stones, leaves, pine needles, pumpkins (from the garden of course) and gourds. It is a fun activity for kids (weather permitting) to hunt for natural treasures to adorn the table. I use a couple of clear vases and a simple platter to hold all the finds.
  6. Keep that turkey carcass!! and all the tidbits of the turkey. it makes an amazing and healthy broth.
  7. Don’t sit in front of the TV, get out in nature! After dinner is the perfect time to go for a walk, or spend some quality time with your family in the fresh air.
  8. Buy local. From beverages (beer, wine and cider), to the turkey (I ordered a pastured turkey from a local farm), to the pie (pumpkins and apples from local growers are on sale now!) buying locally helps the community and your green goals.
  9. Remember to skip black friday and shop local saturday!! Area artisans are a great resource for fun and unique gifts for everyone in the family.

Give Thanks, Be Green, and Share your favorite green tip for the holidays !

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