Thanksgiving

7 ways to Green Your Thanksgiving

While it may not be the first color we associate with fall, why NOT add some green to your Thanksgiving? From the turkey on your table (or to-furkey, as the case may be) to locally grown mashed potatoes and homemade natural centerpieces, your holiday table can easily be one the earth will thank you for. You can also curb your carbon footprint with greener travel plans and kick off the holiday shopping season in eco-style by turning Black Friday green.

  1. Serve local and organic food for Thanksgiving dinner

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    Local and organic foods reduce pollution and global warming emissions, protect small farms, and keep chemicals out of the environment. Now that's something to be thankful for.

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  2. Cook a vegetarian Thanksgiving meal

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    Stop talking turkey and instead opt for a meatless Thanksgiving. With so many vegetarian recipe options from which to choose, you won’t even miss the big bird.

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  3. Decorate an eco-friendly Thanksgiving dinner table

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    Find or create your own eco-friendly decorations to adorn your Thanksgiving dinner table this year to avoid buying new products for just a weekend's use.

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  4. Choose eco-friendly dinnerware over paper plates and plastic cups

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    If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, plan to use reusable dinnerware and cups, as well as cloth napkins, to reduce the waste your meal creates. Or, opt for recycled content and biodegradable disposable options.

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  5. Compost your kitchen scraps

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    A big Thanksgiving dinner means lots of left over food. If you can't convince family members to take extras home in reusable containers, compost them! This keeps those food scraps out of the landfill and converts them into rich, organic fertilizer right in your kitchen or backyard.

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  6. Reduce your Thanksgiving travel carbon footprint

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    More than 65 million Americans hit the road or the skies to be home for Thanksgiving dinner in 2005—creating a lot of greenhouse gases and air pollution in just one long weekend. Thankfully, we've got a few simple tips to help reduce the impact of your holiday travel.

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  7. Go green on Black Friday

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    It may be one of the busiest shopping days of the year, but this year it could be your greenest shopping spree yet. From buying recycled to bringing your own shopping bag, to cutting down on driving (and all those parking hassles!), GY shows you how to give this unique part of the Thanksgiving tradition some new color.

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