Nov 23, 2009

Go Green At Thanksgiving :o)

Thanksgiving is generally about three things: tradition, food and family (in no particular order). All of which can make it seem like a tough time to go green.

But look at it another way: new traditions need to start sometime, so what better day than Thanksgiving? Try going green (or greener) this year by incorporating some eco-friendly changes to your holiday shopping, food, decorations and travel with our easy — and fun — tips.

Yum…Turkey, Sweet Potatoes, Stuffing and More

First up: the meal. Make your holiday a little more Earth friendly by choosing an eco-theme for your feast, like one of our four outlined below — it's a fun way to start a new tradition with an environmental impact.

•The Locavore: Eat Local and In Season
This means doing as much of your Thanksgiving Day shopping as possible at local farmers markets and farms — for food items like eggs, milk, veggies, turkey, potatoes, pie fillings and more. The eco-benefits of eating locally? Food grown or raised in your region has fewer food miles, meaning the carbon emissions associated with local foods are smaller. The plus for you is that local fruits and veggies usually taste better because they've been picked at the peak of freshness, rather than produce shipped from thousands of miles away that had to be picked before ripening.  What about the turkey, you say? There's a growing number of small farms that sell turkeys directly to the public. has a searchable map so you can hone in on foods sustainably grown and raised near you.

•The Tree-Hugger: Shop Organic
The benefits to your health might not be proven yet, but there's no doubt that organic agriculture is better for the landscape — fewer pesticides and other toxic chemicals seeping into soil and running off into rivers and lakes.  When it comes to turkey, pasture-raised, organic turkeys are the way to go. Or consider buying a heritage turkey this year, defined as centuries-old breeds of turkeys that need to be raised over longer periods of time (unlike the sped-up rearing process of today's breeds).

•The White Rabbit: Go Vegetarian
Eating vegetarian has been touted as one of the best ways to help save the planet. Conventional meat production is a major cause of deforestation and global greenhouse gas emissions — more so than the transportation sector, according to a 2006 study from The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
We are going to Beth's sisters house, spending our time with family.  So we will not be doing any cooking.  How about you???


  1. The traditions: start new ones that are Earth friendly and eco conscious so you can pass them along to your children.

    The family: If they are far away, don't visit them, stay home, and do a virtual holiday greeting. If local, carpool or do some other green travel arrangement that supports the family tradition without supporting large carbon footprints.

    Just my two cents worth. :)

  2. Great alternatives for this time of year.

    Stan and I will go to our adoptive family for Thanksgiving. I'm bringing cranberry cornbread stuffed peppers for that day. We always have more than enough food and you can't beat the company at our gathering.

  3. great comments Ken!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    I hope you and Beth have awonderful time!

  4. Miss Ginger is serving a seated dinner for 16! She's bought new stemware and chairs for the occassion, so the recycle bin is already overflowing with corrugated! And yes, her turkey is organic and never frozen!


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