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Give Thanks for the Environment

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Thanksgiving is not only a time for family and friends but
also a celebration of the environment and all it provides for us. You can make
it truly sustainable by following these tips:


  • Travel
    light
    : Heading home for the holidays? Why not take a train which produces
    less carbon than planes or cars? If you must fly or drive, consider purchasing
    carbon offsets from The
    Nature Conservancy
    or Carbonfund.org.
  • Feast on
    local, seasonal foods:
    Fruits and vegetables in season for the late fall don’t
    need to be trucked around the country, and your purchases support your
    community. Use the Eat Local
    tool
    from EarthShare member organization Natural Resources Defense Council
    to find farmers’ markets your area, and then visit American Farmland
    Trust
    to learn why supporting local agriculture is so important.
  • Use
    natural decorations:
    Forgo craft store supplies for beautiful,
    biodegradable decorations you can find in nature. Pinecones, gourds, leaves,
    and acorns are just some of the materials that can add seasonal ambience to
    your dining room. Here are some
    ideas from Real Simple
    .
  • Purchase
    a heritage turkey…
    Most industrialized turkeys are raised with hormones to
    force them to gain weight very quickly – so quickly they can hardly move. Heritage
    turkeys
    , in contrast, are similar to their wild cousins: they’re slower
    growing, smaller, tastier, and treated more humanely.
  • …or go
    meatless:
    Most of your Thanksgiving feast is meatless anyway. Why not try
    some of the countless vegetarian (meat-free) and vegan (free of all animal
    products including dairy) alternatives
    to classic Thanksgiving recipes? Here
    are some suggestions
    .
  • Compost kitchen
    scraps:
    All those squash peels and carrot tops could be working to enrich
    your potting soil. Invest in a
    compost bin
    and turn your kitchen scraps into something valuable instead of
    throwing them away.

 

 

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