How To Have A Green Thanksgiving

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating the bounty of nature and the food it provides. But sometimes we tend to over do it with food and decorations. This year, you can do your part to make Thanksgiving a little greener.

Start by keeping your thermostat at a reasonable setting. Try dropping it two degrees on Thanksgiving to conserve energy, especially if you're cooking. The heat from the kitchen and the extra bodies in the house can help keep things toasty. And for more energy savings, try lighting soy candles instead of having all the lights on in the house.

Avoid using paper products if possible. Use regular plates and cups that can be washed to produce less waste.

Speaking of less "waist," this year, why not buy smaller quantities of food, just enough to feed your family and guests. Afterwards, serve leftovers in creative ways, such as a turkey salad for lunch the next day.

Donate leftover food to a shelter or a food bank; also check if they can use your leftover decorations as well. You'll make others thankful, and by being a little greener, you'll show thanks for the Earth too. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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