Thanksgiving is upon us and folks will be coming together to celebrate. As you give thanks for all the amazing people and things in your life; family, friends, health, employment, etc., remember to also give thanks for Mother Nature and the amazing world around us. After all without the environment there would be no food on your plate.
Along with all this celebration comes lots of trash; everything from paper & plastic plates, utensils, beverage cans & bottles, uneaten foods, and the list goes on. Thousands and thousands of pounds of waste will needlessly end up in the local landfill by the end of the day.
According to https://www.dosomething.org. “Here in the U.S. The average Turkey Day dinner travels 1500 miles to get to your table.” That is a lot of wasted travel since everything you need can be purchased right in your own community.
The mission of today’s podcast is not to take away your fun, but in fact to expand your joy. Think of how nice it can be to enjoy the company of family and friends by hosting a green and grateful Thanksgiving. One that uses minimum disposable items and generates barely if not any waste that is put into the landfill.
Here are a few easy ways you can enjoy a green and grateful Thanksgiving.
1. Serve a Healthy Turkey. Most commercial turkeys are given hormones to speed up their growth, injected with antibiotics to resist disease, and fed grains that are covered in pesticides. Serve your family and guests a locally grown or Heritage Breed Turkey. Discover more about Heritage Breed Turkey’s http://albc-usa.etapwss.com/index.php/resources/internal/heritage-turkey
2. Buy Locally Grown Side Dishes. Support your local farmer by selecting side dishes that can be purchased from local farmers. Many communities have farmers markets you can shop at and this is a great way to support your local farmer and neighbor who’s working hard everyday to bring you healthy, high quality foods. Also when shopping, remember to bring your reusable shopping bags with you.
3. Use Real Dinnerware. Why serve the meal on a flimsy paper plate, a yucky plastic plate, or worse yet a styrofoam plate (which lives in the earth for over 1,000 years). Your guests deserve so much better and so does the earth.
Skip using paper or plastic plates, serve the meal on real dishes instead and eliminate all that waste.
“If every family in the U.S. bought one less package of paper plates a year, we could save almost half a million trees.”
If you don’t have enough silverware for everyone, ask your guests to bring their own place settings or use cutlery made of sugarcane or corn. Say no to plastic utensils.
4. Decorate with Nature. Instead of buying paper and plastic decorations use your imagination and create your own eco-friendly table decorations. Select items (Pinecones, branches, colorful leaves, etc) from your backyard or from the park down the road. Natural items can look so pretty as a centerpiece.
5. Share the Extra Food. Most families prepare far more food than can be consumed in one sitting, therefore how about asking everyone to bring a takeout container they can fill it with leftovers to bring home. No need to use plastic wrap and zip lock bags that are only going to eventually end up in the landfill and pollute the earth.
6. Compost the Food Scraps. No need to toss the food waste in garbage when composting can turn your organic matter into high quality soil. If you don’t compost yourself, no worries recruit someone from the party who is composting, and have them take it home. Most compositors are excited to get more waste that turns into brown gold for their gardens.
7. Give back. When shopping and preparing your Thanksgiving meal, buy extra items and donate them to your local food pantry. This way all your neighbors can fill their tummies and enjoy the day as well.
8. Say Thank You. Thanksgiving is a perfect time to say thank you to those that matter most in your life. Sometimes life can be shorter than we expect, so take this opportunity to call, email or write them a note (on recycled paper of course) and say thank you for all the ways they have touched your life.
Enjoy your time with family and friends and be proud you took these simple steps in keeping more trash out of your local landfill. You are one step closer to enjoying a greener, cleaner lifestyle.
I’ll see you in the next episode. Until then enjoy your day and the world around you
Local Harvest: Find a Farmer’s Market near you – http://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/
Heritage Breed Turkey’s – www.HeritageBreeds.org