Thanksgiving is a great time to practice the art of wasting less and saving money. The steps you take before and after your holiday party can help keep the planet healthy and your pocketbook and body in good form.
Good Green Habits for Thanksgiving
You can create less waste, save energy and oftentimes save money with these eco-friendly steps:
- Serve less meat and more yummy side dishes.
- Consider your guests’ size, age, appetites and food preferences when shopping for food.
- Use this starter list to average per person food and drink portions:
Turkey 1 pound Stuffing 1/2 to 1 cup Mashed Potatoes 1/2 to 1 cup
(1 potato per person)
Veggies 1/2 to 1 cup Cranberries 1/8 cup Pie 1/8 slice of 9 inch pie
- Buy organic and locally produced milk, meat, veggies, wine and in-season fruits.
- Cook a turkey that is USDA-certified organic and free-range.
- Decorate your home with plants or leaves from your backyard placed in wicker baskets and glass vases and bowls.
- Set the table with cloth napkins and reusable dishes, glasses and silverware.
- Allow leftovers to cool before placing them in the refrigerator to avoid using extra electricity.
- Suggest guests bring their own reusable containers to take home leftovers.
- Show guests where to dispose of recyclables such as aluminum, glass, and plastic beverage containers.
- Donate whole, untouched leftovers to local food banks or homeless shelters.
- Collect food waste to compost at home or through your garbage company’s recycling program.
- Scrape foods off plates rather than pre-rinsing them.
- Fill dishwasher to capacity before running it.
ECO FACT: At least 28 billion pounds of edible food is wasted each year in America!