3 ways to have a green Thanksgiving
How do you celebrate an environmentally-friendly Thanksgiving and Hanukkah?
- Travel smart! Over 40 million people will travel for the holidays– and most drive. Increasing fuel efficiency is good for the planet and the wallet.
- Make sure your tires are at the right pressure, which can improve efficiency by 3-6%.
- Pack lightly, don’t overload the car
- Avoiding idling will also help.
- Plus, there’s always good old-fashioned carpooling.
- You can find more tips on AAA’s web site.
- Eat local, eat fresh
- When planning your Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve meals, check out your local options. The Daily Green offers some approaches to eating local.
- You can also investigate foods with low carbon footprints. For example, items with less packaging are better for the planet, and reducing the amount of meat and cheese you purchase is great for the planet.
- Waste not, want not. Americans holidays are notoriously wasteful (think of all that gift wrap alone!). Nourishing the Planet suggests the following:
- Be realistic
- Go small (for instance, people rarely need more than 1 lb. of turkey)
- Encourage self-serve rather than dishing out the same portions to everyone
- Store leftovers safely
- Compost food scraps rather than tossing them out
- Donate excess food or share them with neighbors and loved ones
Have a wonderful holiday season– from all of us at
Community Renewable Energy!