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Thanksgiving is a time to come together with your family, a time to reflect on the good things in yours and your family’s lives. But, it’s also a holiday often filled with waste as we stuff ourselves to the brim, and about 1/3 of your plate will go in the trash, along with paper napkins and plastic utensils.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Here are a few tips to have a greener Thanksgiving this year; so we can be thankful for clean water, fresh produce, and plenty of trees for years to come.

  • Buy seasonal foods, locally. Try to buy the majority of your produce for your feast at your local farmers market, and try to buy organic where you can. Why? Food grown locally has traveled a smaller distance to get to your plate, and therefore has fewer carbon emissions. Plus, you’re supporting the local economy.
  • Eat less meat. Honestly, Turkey is probably my least favorite of the traditional Thanksgiving foods, and I could go the whole day, and be completely satisfied, without touching meat. I’m not saying you have to completely ditch the Turkey… but maybe make and offer less meat. Why? The majority of the meat we eat has a much larger carbon footprint than produce.
  • Go reusable. I know, Thanksgiving clean-up is awful, and plastic cutlery, paper plates & napkins, give you a bit of reprieve. But going reusable is so much better for our planet, and I bet you have a dish washer anyway…
  • Travel with your family. Most of us spent Thanksgiving eve with our nuclear family, and then are off to a aunt, uncles, cousins, restaurant, etc. for the big feast. Instead of taking separate cars to your Thanksgiving destination, consider carpooling, you’ll save a lot of greenhouse gas emissions!

Do you have any tips for a green Thanksgiving? Leave them in the comments below.

Written by: Mollie Mac, ECOBAGS® very own marketing maven. Mollie is an adventurer and a green living advocate. If you have any tips or tricks for her she’d love to hear from you, email her at: mollie(at)ecobags(dot)com:)