Have you ever thought about how your Thanksgiving feast can affect our planet? Usually with all the preparation and rush to prepare all the fixings, the main focus is getting grandma’s mashed potato recipe right or making sure the gravy is free of lumps! But there are changes we can all make that will help our environment. Read on for a few of our tips!
1: First focus is the turkey of course! Buy organic and if possible, local. This means no antibiotics will go into the bellies of your family. By buying locally, it means less transportation was needed to get that turkey to you and therefore less pollution.
2: Next think about all the décor for your table. Try to buy things that you will use after the holiday is over. If you buy pumpkins, don’t throw them out! Make a post Thanksgiving pumpkin soup or bread.
3: It may be tempting to use disposable plates and utensils for easy clean up, but try to resist the temptation. Over 40 billion plastic cups, plates and utensils are thrown away in the US each year. Remember that figure while you and your family team up to load the dishwasher!
4: Try to make a pit stop to your local farmer’s market for all the side dishes. It is a fun fall outing for the family to browse the market and if you include your kids on selecting veggies for the meal, they may be more willing to eat them:)
Have any other eco-friendly ideas for Thanksgiving? We would love to hear them in the comments below!