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Turkey Day is Coming Soon!! Images of golden roast turkeys filled with moist, savoury stuffing and sweet potato mash…Not to mention pecan AND pumpkin pie! Food bliss! Sadly Thanksgiving is also a time of extraordinary waste and what Green Queen calls a TOO MUCH holiday. We cook too much, eat too much, drink too much, throw away too much, and use WAY too much packaging, paper, plastics and other non-renewable resources. Nobody wants their holiday parade rained upon but there are ways to make the holiday a little friendly on the environment and on our bodies!
- More Vegetable Dishes – The environmental cost of producing meat can be anywhere from 25 to 250 times the cost of producing plant-based food. Other than the turkey, which is a staple for most on this special occasion, make all the rest of your dishes vegetarian and limit the dairy as much as possible! Use olive and coconut oil instead of butter, substitute nut milks/coconut milk/soy milk for cow’s milk and use nuts, spices and herbs to give your dishes flavour instead of relying on butter, bacon or cheese.
- Go Local – This is an easy one! Just pop down to your local farmer’s market or order locally grown vegetables and fruits online or even pick them up in your neighborhood supermarket. Eating locally (and seasonally as a result) takes away a huge amount of energy consumption cost from your meal. Plus, locally and seasonally grown fruit and vegetables taste better and much offer greater nutritive benefits to your family than vegetables that have traveled from afar. Extra bonus: the more you support locally grown produce, the more incentive the local farmers will have to grown their businesses.
- Say Yes to Candles – Candlelight emits a glow that electricity cannot come close to comparing to- it’s more romantic, warmer, softer and gives most of us a fuzzy feeling inside. During the festivities, save on electricity costs and carbon emissions and switch off all the lights ( as well as computers and all appliances you won’t be using) and fill your home with soy-based or beeswax candles. Avoid petroleum based candles at all costs: they are made from non renewable resources and they let off toxic fumes in your home and your family’s lungs.
- Choose Organic – A great big holiday fest is the perfect occasion to sneakily improve your family’s diets and overall health. Feed them as much of the meal organic as possible. You don’t even have to tell anyone until after they have stuffed themselves silly! Organic isn’t always the cheapest option unfortunately so do the best you can afford. Plus if you follow tips 1 and 2 above, you will be making great savings already: locally-grown plant-based foods are much more cost effective than imported animal-based ones.
- Recycle & Decorate – don’t be one of the TOO MUCH (see post introduction above) and make your own homemade thanksgiving decorations. Involve your family and friends in the activity. Kids will love it! Make the event more fun and into a game by limiting yourself to materials found within the house and in your backyard if you have one. Recycle used paper, magazines, newspapers – make ‘celebrity name cards’ by matching a photo cutout of a famous person with a family member; make use of leaves, branches, pinecones – make ribbon with vines and use them as a napkin holder; try using fresh fruit wiped with coconut or olive oil in a glass bowl as a table centerpiece.