Thanksgiving is fast approaching and everyone is scrambling to get ready for this holiday. Thanksgiving is often a favorite holiday of many. It is founded on the ideas of family togetherness, giving, caring and sharing with one another. For these and other reasons, there is a lot to get excited about with the upcoming holiday. However, those who are trying to live a more eco-friendly life may have some issues when planning their upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
Though Thanksgiving is about being grateful for everything that one is blessed with, Thanksgiving is not always the most eco-friendly holiday. There is a lot of waste created by preparing the enormous feast and often these items do not follow a very healthy or planet-friendly diet. This is all in addition to the high energy use of all the indoor activities associated with Thanksgiving. For those looking to host an eco-friendly holiday party, there are some ways to have a traditional Thanksgiving without all of the waste. Here are some tips for planning an eco-friendly Thanksgiving.
Cut down on the energy use
A lot of energy is used in the home on Thanksgiving Day. People are often using a lot of energy just to cook the meal, in addition to turning up the heat in the cold weather and having a number of TVs on to see all of the live events happening on Thanksgiving. Hosts who want to try out a more eco-friendly holiday can limit the amount of energy used on Thanksgiving. Hosts can rethink Time Warner Cable packages to get a better service that will allow only one TV on during the day, try to cook some of the dinner in slow cookers or other elements that use less energy, and light candles and the fireplace to heat the home instead of turning up the thermostat.
Hit the local farmer’s market
Many farmers markets will be open through the month of November to get rid of all the fall produce before the growing season is over. Thanksgiving hosts should stock up with foods at their local farmers market before their holiday meal. This not only allows the hosts to serve nutritious and delicious food at Thanksgiving, but it also allows them to provide those items with less impact of the earth.
Have an exact head count
Knowing exactly how many people will be attending the Thanksgiving event is extremely helpful for hosts for a number of reasons. Hosts can know how many people are attending Thanksgiving so they can provide the appropriate accommodations for each one. Additionally, host will know exactly how much food to make and serve, so there will be less waste throughout the day.
Try out some vegan or vegetarian options
Many people are adopting vegan or vegetarian lifestyles in order to lead more eco-conscious lives. Thanksgiving hosts do not have to give up their new lifestyle choices in order to host thanksgiving. There are a lot of great vegetarian and vegan dishes that can be served during Thanksgiving to allow people the choice of what food options they want to eat.