Thanksgiving is a perfect time of the year to give thanks for all the wonderful things in our lives including our Earth which supplies us with food, water and shelter and enables us to live and breathe. This Thanksgiving instead of just saying how grateful you are for this planet we live on why not show how grateful you are by hosting a eco-friendly Thanksgiving dinner starting with a “green” table. Using recyclable or biodegradable products to set your Thanksgiving table is both possible and inexpensive to do. Here are five tips to help you get started on setting an eco friendly dinner table this Thanksgiving holiday.
Five Tips On How To Set An Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving Table
1. Avoid Paper and Plastic Products
Instead of using paper plates use glass or ceramic dishes and instead of plastic flatware use metal, both of which can be washed after using. If you don’t have enough dishes and place settings for the number of guests that will be attending your Thanksgiving dinner try borrowing what you need from a friend or purchasing second hand items from a yard sale or thrift store instead of running out and buying new ones. doing so is much better for the environment and for your wallet.If you really must use disposable dishes make sure and purchase products that are made out of recycled products and are biodegradable.
2. Create A Natural Centerpiece
There’s such an abundance of colorful fruits, vegetables and nuts during the Thanksgiving season that there’s no need to spend money on expensive floral arrangements. Instead use gourds, mini pumpkins, Indian corn and sprays of fall leaves to create and eco-friendly Thanksgiving centerpiece that can easily be composted or reused after the holiday is over. You can also hollow out a pumpkin and use it as a pot for a live flowering plant such as chrysanthemums or marigold. After the holiday is over dig a hole in your yard and bury the pumpkin in the ground. As it decomposes the pumpkin will provide nutrients to the plant.
3. Make Your Own Napkins
Instead of purchasing cloth or paper napkins make your own. Take old cloth table clothes and cut them into small squares to use as napkins. Don’t like the frayed ends? To get rid of them give each napkin a quick hem around all for sides on your sewing machine or by hand. If you have children hemming napkins for the Thanksgiving dinner table would make a great first sewing project.
4. Use The Right Candles
Many people include lit candles as part of their Thanksgiving table decor. If you plan on using candles this thanksgiving avoid paraffin candles which can release dangerous carcinogens into the air and wax candles which are made of non-renewable petroleum or animal fats. Instead light up your thanksgiving table with eco friendly soy, beeswax and palm oil candles which are all made from natural and renewable materials.
Make biodegradable place cards for your Thanksgiving table using mini pumpkins and colorful fall leaves. To make simply write each guest name on one side of the mini pumpkin using a black permanent marker. Next glue several leaves to the bottom of the pumpkin and allow to dry. If you want to give these your place settings a little more sparkle use glitter glue to outline the leaves. Once everything is dry place one pumpkin at each place setting. After the party’s over you can toss everything into the compost heap.
By reusing products you have on hand and purchasing all natural and renewable products whenever possible to use in setting your Thanksgiving table you will save money and the environment by reducing production caused by the the demand for new products and create less waste in our landfills. What a great way to show your Thanksgiving guests how thankful you are for this planet we all live on.