Thanksgiving can also be a great day for the planet
In the spirit of the pilgrims who had the first Thanksgiving celebration; they also didn't leave much of a carbon footprint. The meal consisted of food they grew or raised. Also I hear they didn't use plastic forks. Ha Ha. It may seem to be a little tougher for you to be as green as them, but there are some things that we all can do.
- if you do get a turkey, you can buy an organic free-range turkey, one that was not caged, or one that is from a local market or both
- if you are a vegetarian you can substitute many food items for turkey, like soy products
- try to buy as much organic foods as you can (fruits and vegetables, meat, milk, etc.); you can find them at local markets and in stores
- contact your local food bank before Thanksgiving and you can donate your leftover food; you'll help those in your community less fortunate
- use biodegradable plates and eating utensils if possible
- decorate your house with items you already have or from outside; fall leaves, acorns, dried flowers and other items can be used to make your home more festive
- if someone you know needs to fly for Thanksgiving, look into carbon offsets; go to Carbonfund.org and offset the travel by funding alternative energy programs
- compost your food scraps; if you haven't composted before, learn how to DIY composting at home
- find out more about the 100-Mile Thanksgiving Challenge
- lastly, have a great Thanksgiving; give thanks for all that you have; the pilgrims would be happy
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