How do you make your Thanksgiving as sustainable as possible? Are there certain ways that you make your holiday eco-friendly?
Thanks for your question. There are ways to make any celebration or holiday, including Thanksgiving, eco-friendlier. Here is a post I wrote last year on the Top 10 Ways to Have a Conscious Thanksgiving. That should give you some good ideas. Hint: it’s not only about the food.
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1. Know where your turkey is from — local/pastured is great.
2. Choose fresh food over canned to minimize exposure to the hormone-disrupting chemical BPA.
3. Shopping at your farmers’ market will help you with #1 and #2, support local farmers, minimize packaging waste, and will make everything taste fantastic.
4. Ditch your non-stick cookware! Choose cast iron, enamel covered cast iron, and stainless steel instead.
5. Don’t forget your beverages — filtered tap water and sustainably produced wine are two fantastic options.
6. Reduce waste by serving on reusable–not disposable–plates and drink out of reusable glasses. Use silverware, not plastic.
7. Make stock with vegetable scraps and turkey bones. Recycle and compost what you can.
8. Store leftovers in glass, not plastic.
9. Clean with natural cleaning products.