It’s time to start fishing out those bags of fall decorations lodged under your basement staircase, and start planning your Thanksgiving menu. Soon enough, you’ll be preparing, cleaning and cooking away for a holiday that comes and goes way too quickly. You’ll most likely spend hours working your magic in the kitchen, creating the ultimate feast to impress your loved ones. But have you ever stopped to think about your Thanksgiving carbon footprint? Between the décor and food purchases, as well as the energy used to cook your special meal, you’re looking at quite a hefty environmental impact. This year, before you prepare, overeat and slide into that turkey-induced coma, try practicing some of these eco-friendly tips:
- If you decide to send out invitations, save on paper by sending your guests an Evite.
- Support your local economy by purchasing your fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets closer to home.
- Use non-toxic cleaners, such as baking soda and water or vinegar to clean and prepare your home.
- Save money, space and environmental resources by using natural materials found outdoors to create your table setting. For example, use fresh flowers, colorful leaves, branches and pine cones.
- Avoid being wasteful with disposable dishes and utensils, and use glass tableware that you can place in the dishwasher.
- Be sure to compost your leftovers and recycle any plastic bottles and/or aluminum cans.
- Don’t put your hot leftovers directly into the fridge during cleanup; wait a little while so you can keep your fridge cooler and save energy and money.