Make Thanksgiving your first green meal and help reduce our country's reliance on foreign oil!
"If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country's oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week. That's not gallons, but barrels."
~ Steven L. Hopp, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
This week when shopping for your Thanksgiving meal keep a few things in mind to have a green Thanksgiving.
Buy as much organic food as you possibly can. The original Thanksgiving dinner was made with in-season produce and celebrated the harvest of autumn. Let's keep that tradition alive! Buying only locally grown food is one good way to have an eco-friendly Thanksgiving. Locally grown food is good for your table, your health and the environment. Locally grown food tastes better than food that has to be grown and packaged for maximum shelf life, and it requires less fuel to reach store shelves. Locally grown food also contributes more to your local economy, supporting local farmers as well as local merchants.
Remember the three Rs of conservation: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Reduce the amount of waste you produce by buying only as much as you need and choosing products that come in packaging that can be recycled.
Carry reusable bags when you do your shopping, and use cloth napkins that can be washed and used again.
Recycle paper, and all plastic, glass and aluminum containers. If you don’t already have a compost bin, use your Thanksgiving fruit and vegetable trimmings to start one. The compost will enrich the soil in your garden next spring.