Nov 22 - Have an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving!

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, but that doesn't mean that you can't be environmentally friendly at the same time. Here are a few tips for making your Thanksgiving celebration as eco-friendly as possible.

1. Remember to Recycle, Reduce and Reuse, and Buy Recycled.
We all know we should be doing this year-round, but on busy days, we can be forgetful, but not this year, be prepared!

  • Help reduce excess waste by buying just enough food for everyone, and buying food with packaging that contains recycled or post consumer content or that can be recycled.
  • Bring our own reusable containers if you end up with leftovers to bring back home or have ones available for friends and family to bring back to their home.
  • When shopping, bring your own bags.
  • Use cloth napkins, silverware and reusable plates that can be washed and used again.
  • If you have to use paper plates, buy ones that are made from recycled content.
  • Set out recycling bins to recycle cans, glass, and plastic.

2. Start Composting.
If you have not started a compost bin, this is the time to start! Use any excess fruits and vegetables that can't be used in leftovers to start your own composting bin . The compost will help enrich your soil for your garden next spring!

3. Buy and Eat Locally Grown Food
Locally grown food is good for your health and the environment. It tastes good and you're contributing to the local economy.

4. Travel Smart.
Many of us will hit the roads today, but try to stay smart by carpooling with others, or maybe even take the train to get to our destination. If you're flying, consider purchasing carbon credits to offset your portion of the carbon dioxide emissions generated by your flight. Check your ecological footprint.

5. Remember to be Thankful for this time of year and enjoy the company of friends and family.

Get more ideas for reusing and reducing from CAW's Green Living page.