With Thanksgiving being right around the corner there is a lot of planning, cleaning and cooking that needs to be completed in time for the big day. Since there is so much work that needs to be done, it can seem like making this Thanksgiving a green one could be more work than you have time for. It really isn't as hard as you may think. You can make this Thanksgiving a sustainable one by following a few simple steps that will have you giving thanks to all things Eco friendly. Green Invites::
Who doesn't love to receive a lovely invitation
to Thanksgiving Dinner. They are many options available such as; handmade invitations on recycled paper, 100% recycled consumer waste invitations or you could even send a Evite
via email. An invitation will get your guests excited for the special occasion
. If you or your guests will be traveling far distances for Thanksgiving Dinner, consider offsetting your carbon footprint. Carbonfund.org
and The Nature Conservancy
both have excellent carbon calculators that can help you find ways to offset your carbon footprint. Green Clean::
You want your home to be clean and inviting when all of your guests arrive. When you do your cleaning, make sure that you are using cleaning products that are Eco
friendly and come in recycled packaging. You can also make your own cleaning supplies with a few simple ingredients. One of my favorite green cleaning products to make at home is a Shiny Eco Glass Cleaner
. It is easy to make, economical, Earth friendly and cleans wonderfully.
Thanksgiving time is the perfect time to purchase your dinner ingredients at your local farmer's market. Since Thanksgiving dinner is usually centered around root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, yams and sweet potatoes, you should be able to find everything you need. Not only will your local farmer's market have a lovely selection
of organic foods for your Thanksgiving Dinner but you will also find local and organic plants and beeswax candles to adorn the table. When purchasing your turkey, you can find great local organic ones with the help of Local Harvest
. When considering wine to serve with Thanksgiving Dinner, choose one that is sustainable, organic and biodynamic.Set it Up::
This is the time of year to get out the lovely linens and china to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner on. Nothing is lovelier than a homemade dinner served on fabulous heirloom china and enjoyed together at a beautifully displayed table. When it comes to Thanksgiving, simpler
. For centerpieces and place card settings think natural. This year I will be arranging a series of vintage salt and pepper shakers
the tops} full of fall foliage from the great outdoors. For place card settings
, I will be using apples, pears or pomegranates
tied with a piece of recycled paper adorning my guests first name. If you clean the kitchen as you cook throughout the day and make sure that you have an empty dishwasher, clean up will be much easier. You should also have plenty of hands available to help clean up. Plus, if you are using goods from your own home, there will be little if nothing to throw away at the end of the big day.
When everyone sits down to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner together you could take turns saying what you are thankful for. This year my family will be starting a gratitude jar
, throughout the year whenever we think of something we are thankful for, we will write it on a slip of paper and place it inside the jar. Next Thanksgiving, we will take turns reading the slips of paper and reflecting on the things that we were thankful for the entire year.
Lessen the Waste:: When your guests arrive, let them know where your recycling bins and composter are and what items can be placed in each. This way when they need to throw something out, they will have the option to recycle or compost it. This will make your work a lot easier, you won't have to go through the garbage looking for recyclables. Once Thanksgiving Dinner has been enjoyed by all, remember to recycle and compost. Even if you don't have a composter, you can add the green vegetable waste to your leaf bin.
Leftovers are Amazing:: When you are preparing your meal plan for Thanksgiving, also consider the meal plans for the for Thanksgiving Dinner leftovers. My husband plans a brunch meal plan for the day after Thanksgiving that uses a lot of the Thanksgiving Day leftovers. He will cook down the turkey carcus to make turkey noodle soup for everyone to enjoy the duration of their stay.
How do you green your Thanksgiving?
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