It’s it important to remember that just because the holidays are here, we still need to keep in mind our principles of conservation. The holidays are usually known as a time for glutinous activity, keeping a few of these eco-friendly tips in mind can assure we have a green turkey day.
- Use reusable bags when shopping and make an effort to precycle. If you must use plastic or paper bags make sure you recycle. Although this seems so obvious and simple, we’re all guilty of overlooking this— based on sheer laziness.
- Plan your meals wisely. “At least 28 billion pounds of edible food is wasted each year – more than 100 pounds per person” (Earth911.com). There are many tools and techniques that can help you plan the right amount of food to be prepared. Use the following helpful links:
- Calculate How Much Food You’ll Need
- How Much Turkey do I Need?
- Thanksgiving Quantity Control
- How Much to Cook Up to Serve for Thanksgiving Dinner
- Buy local. Many of the products that are used for the various side dishes you’ll prepare can be found locally. Not only is this a fresher, healthier approach, but eating local products also has its benefits. Using local honey for your biscuits or cornbread has been proven to help reduce the symptoms from regional specific allergies (Discoveryfit&health).
- Ensure leftovers aren’t left unused. This is another obvious one that may go overlooked. Leftovers can be mundane and repetitive if you don’t find creative ways to change up your turkey day scraps. Here are a few post-thanksgiving recipes:
- Turkey Pumpkin Enchiladas
- Turkey Soup with Dressing Dumpling
- Turkey Hash:
- Cranberry Tartlettes
- Turkey Reuben
- Turkey Croquettes
- Cranberry Pancakes
- Don’t forget to compost your scraps if possible, see my eailer post on Food Recycling. Lastly, recycle your waste and reuse what you can.