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Green Your Thanksgiving Traditions

Nov 8, 2012 by C. Dociu
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Thanksgiving is all about tradition...mine tend to revolve around eating too many mashed potatoes. This year I'm going to try to start a new tradition by working on making the meal more sustainable.  I did a little research on how I can make that happen, and want to pass the tips I found along to you!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce the amount of waste you produce by buying only as much food as you need. Across America, we will throw out $282 million worth of turkey. By tossing the turkey in the trash, we are wasting all the resources that went into producing it!  This translates to 105 billions (with a 'b') gallons of water and greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 800,000 car trips from New York to San Francisco. Reducing the waste you create in the first place is a simple and effective way to go green.

Carry reusable bags when you do your shopping-did you get yours from the Eco-Kit? Using cloth napkins that can be washed and used again will help.

Recycle paper, and all plastic, glass and aluminum containers. If you don’t already have a compost bin, use your Thanksgiving fruit and vegetable trimmings to start one. The compost will enrich the soil in your garden next spring.

Buy and Eat Locally Grown Food
Buying only locally grown food is one good way to have a green Thanksgiving.  Locally grown food contributes more to your local economy, supporting local farmers as well as local merchants.
 
Make Your Meal Organic
Using only organic food for your feast is another good green Thanksgiving strategy. Organic fruits, vegetables and grains are grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers; organic meat is produced without antibiotics and artificial hormones. The result is food that is better for your health and good for the environment. Organic farming also produces higher yields, increases soil fertility, prevents erosion, and is more cost-effective for farmers. Still want more reasons to buy organic?  Here you go.

Travel Smart (or Stay at Home)
Thanksgiving weekend is one of heaviest for highway travel in the United States, stop and go traffic can really suck the fun out of the holiday. Skip the stressful holiday travel and celebrate Thanksgiving at home. One less car on the road will reduce climate changing emissions from vehicles.

If you do drive, use less fuel and lower your emissions by making sure your car is in good working order and your tires are properly inflated. If possible, carpool to reduce the number of cars on the road and lower the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to air pollution and global warming.

Get Outside!
Once you've finished your meal, take a walk around the neighborhood or visit your local park.  Take some time to give thanks to our beautiful natural environment and the great city we all share.
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