Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Making Your Thanksgiving Eco-Friendly & Green

Thanksgiving can be a time of overindulgence for many Americans. Often times these excesses result in increased waste and energy consumption. With a little conscientious planning it is easy to turn this holiday of self-indulgence into a green Thanksgiving that honors the planet. Plan an eco-friendly Thanksgiving menu around locally grown foods. Locally grown foods cut down on transportation and support your local economy. Plus local foods taste fantastically fresh, because they are fresh. Locally grown selections in November vary depending on your location so research what is local or your area and plan to have dishes that coincide with the items in season in your town. A guide to finding locally grown foods is provided below.

When it is time to shop for an eco-friendly Thanksgiving bring your bounty home in re-usable shopping bags. The EPA estimates that over 380 billion plastic bags composting
and sacks are used in the US every year requiring billions of barrels of oil to manufacture. When these bags breakdown they eventually contaminate our water and soil supplies. Thanksgiving is a good time to honor the earth and make the switch to re-usable bags. Re-useable bags are inexpensive and can be found at most grocery stores.

A plump, juicy turkey is the centerpiece of many a Thanksgiving dinners. Why not make this a green Thanksgiving by purchasing a free-range turkey? Most free-range turkeys are raised humanely without unnecessary chemicals and hormones. Free-range turkeys can be pre-ordered from local organic grocers.

Thanksgiving dinner means thanksgiving leftovers, and what you do with those leftovers can have an impact on the environment. Store your leftovers in re-usable containers. Resist the urge to send guests home with plastic wrapped odds and ends by asking them to bring containers with them for leftovers. Consider going the extra step and composting any scraps that can't be consumed. Composting can be done even in urban locations and your lawn and garden will thank you later. Visit http://www.compostguide.com for tips on starting a compost pile.

(Article courtesy of Associated Content).

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