Tips for Having a Green Thanksgiving

If you’re looking for a way to make your family’s Thanksgiving celebrations more meaningful, ensuring it’s a green one is an invaluable way to do just that. Give thanks to the planet we live on with any one –  (or better yet, all) – of these eco-conscious ideas. 

 

Shop Local 

The benefits of shopping locally, when it comes to your grocery needs, is manifold. Not only does locally grown food taste better, (because it’s fresher), but it requires less in terms of transporting, meaning less fuel and less pollution. Plus, buying local is a great way to support local farmers.  

 

Or Go Plant-based 

Alternatively, employing a plant-based menu at your Thanksgiving dinner will not only please the vegans at your table but also the planet, as the production of plant-based foods tends to have less of an environmental impact than their processed counterparts. 

 

Stay Home  

The amount of greenhouse gas emitter via car travel around the holidays is nothing to laugh about, which is why a greener Thanksgiving is one that involves minimal, preferably zero, traveling. Besides, traveling in itself is often stressful and expensive, so why not minimize on all these fronts if you can. 

 

Or Keep Travel to a Minimum 

If travel is unavoidable, there are measures you can take to lessen your carbon footprint. For instance, carpooling and ensuring sure your tires are properly inflated. 

 

Opt for Cloth 

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention this no brainer in our rundown: stay far away from paper napkins. While they may be convenient come cleanup time, they’re also incredibly wasteful and compared to their cloth counterparts. 

 

Plant a Tree  

In this day and age, there’s not much dispute re: the environmental importance of trees. Trees replenish the air we breath, absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen in return. With this in mind, why not start a brand new Thanksgiving tradition with your family and pay homage to the environment while you’re at it by planting a tree on your property. 

Written by Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance website content writer based in Toronto.

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