Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But before you go all out and get ready for this festive holiday, think about trying to make it a little more environmentally friendly. A sustainable holiday is easily done without cutting corners on the trimmings. Check out this top ten list of environmentally sound Thanksgiving Day tips to help keep your carbon footprint low and the fun high!
#10 Donate the Peanut Oil
Plan on deep frying your turkey this year in peanut oil or other vegetable oils? Then save the used oil for bio-diesel collection projects. Used veggie oil can easily be used as fuel in most diesel engines with a small conversion. The Virginia Beach SPCA is taking used oil for their neuter scooters!
#9 Buy Carbon Credits for Flights
If you or your relatives plan on flying this year, purchase some carbon credits to offset the jet fuels carbon emissions. Use This list of Carbon Offset Buyers to find the right program for you.
#8 Cook Outdoors
With the huge amounts of heat that’s generated from all that cooking, set up an outdoor cooking station and save some energy by reducing the need to cool the home with the air conditioning.
#7 Biodegradable Dishes
If you plan on using throw away paper plates and silverware this Thanksgiving, opt instead for biodegradable dinnerware. Use these biodegradable dishes instead of paper plates. They are tougher and can be chucked in the compost heap when you’re finished!
#6 Less Packaging
Plastics, cardboard and tin cans all make up a huge part of Thanksgiving dinner. When you’re shopping in the store for supplies, try to find the most environmentally friendly packaging possible. Make your own bread or use fresh veggies instead of canned.
#5 Keep it Local
Buying local food helps to reduce the need for shipping around the world, reducing emissions from trucks, ships and storage. Hit up your local vegetable stand for the best in local farming.
#4 Decorate Naturally
Use natural decorations instead of buying plastic ones. Fresh picked flowers, holly leaves and berries and pumpkins are all easily composted at the end of the day instead of ending up in our landfills.
Don’t throw out those scraps of food! When food ends up in the landfill, it creates methane, the worst greenhouse gas of all. Use these ten tips to rich compost for the perfect solution to holiday leftovers.
Go organic this year with an all organic food menu. Buying organic promotes healthy and sustainable farming practices that lead to healthier eating habits.
#1 Buy a Heritage Turkey
A heritage animal is one that’s not mass produced by unstable breeding practices. Heritage turkeys are delicious and support biodiversity and create large genetic pool fro future generations to come. Find out more about heritage turkeys here! Happy Thanksgiving!