Tips for a Greener Thanksgiving

Reusable utensils and fall foliage decorations are just a few ways to have a greener Thanksgiving.

Using reusable utensils and making decorations from fall foliage are just a couple of ways to have a greener Thanksgiving. Photo: Shutterstock

At the first Thanksgiving, pilgrims ate food that was harvested locally and naturally, and you can bet that plastic and Styrofoam didn’t figure into the equation. It’s time to take some sustainability tips from our ancestors by hosting an environmentally friendly Thanksgiving of our own.

Diane MacEachern of Big Green Purse offers 10 great tips for how to have a greener Thanksgiving. Try these for starters:

• Don’t opt for one-occasion-only Thanksgiving decorations. Simply go outside and collect some branches, berries and leaves and make fall foliage creations of your own.

• Instead of using paper, plastic or Styrofoam dinnerware, use reusable dishware and make wash time a family bonding event.

• Rather than wrapping leftovers in plastic or aluminum foil, send them home in inexpensive glass jars (and share the many ways these jars can be reused, like for recipes, crafts, gifts and more).

For more green Thanksgiving tips from MacEachern, visit her blog.

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