The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are started to change colors, and so it’s very likely that the holidays are already on your mind. If you find yourself hosting Thanksgiving this year, what better way to do it then in a green way, that’s good for the environment. Here are some good ways to have a great green Thanksgiving.
The first thing that you’re probably thinking about when planning your Thanksgiving, is who to invite. When you finally decide on your guests, instead of sending out invitations and using up paper, you should send out an email inviting them to the party. This way both the invitations and the responses, that would just have been thrown out eventually anyway, don’t harm the environment.
Second, you’re going to want to plan your menu depending on how many people are going to be there. The best thing that you can do to help the environment is to plan for the amount of people you’re going to have and don’t make too much food that might wind up getting thrown in the trash. Also, when you do start to do your grocery shopping, make sure that you buy as much organic food as you can. Organic means that the food didn’t have any pesticides put on it. Even the turkey that you buy for your Thanksgiving dinner can be free-range, meaning the chickens were not put in cages, and organic. All of the groceries you purchase at the store should be bagged in reusable grocery bags.
Now, the dishes that you use to serve your guests in should definitely not be paper or plastic. You want to use ceramic dishes and anything that can be washed and reused. This will cut down on the amount of garbage that will be put into the landfills.
If you want give favors to your guests, think about giving everybody a sapling and planting trees as a part of the festivities. Then next year on Thanksgiving you all can go revisit them and see how much they’ve grown and remember all of the good memories from your party last year.
Finally, if you do wind up having leftovers, make sure that you store them in reusable containers that are not made out of plastic. Use jars that other food items you’ve bought have come in.
Besides doing all these things to make sure you are doing something good for the environment, make sure that you and your guests have a good time as well. Happy Thanksgiving!