- On December 16, 2015
The holidays may be a difficult time to go green, but there are fun and yummy ways to become more eco-friendly. Let’s begin with Turkey Day (or if you want to try making the big switch to being vegetarian this season, try tofurkey, which Wikipedia terms as a loaf of vegetarian protein).
If you are considering a vegetarian Thanksgiving feast, there are many delicious recipes that will make sure your feast is one to remember. Here are a few ideas that will help you along your green Thanksgiving way:
- Autumn salad
- Corn chowder
- French onion soup
- Pumpkin soup
- Mashed potatoes
- Caramelized Brussel sprouts
- Roasted carrots
- Cranberry sauce
For some additions to this list, the internet will be your friend, one site we recommend is The Veggie Table.
What about turkey, you say? If you are not quite ready to go all out on the vegetarian scene, shop locally and shop organic. Foods that do not have to be carried long distances, of course, reduce the carbon footprint of transportation and benefit the community. Localharvest.org offers a searchable map to enable you to find foods grown sustainably and raised near you.
Organic agriculture is better for the environment with fewer pesticides and toxic chemicals that may pollute the ground and rivers. Pasture-raised organic turkeys or heritage turkeys (centuries-old breeds that are raised over longer periods of time than the speedy processes for producing today’s breeds of gobblers) are tasty and green treats.
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times for travel. After all, the holiday is about family, friends, thanks—and, well, food. Fortunately, Green travel isn’t as hard as you might think. There are numerous sites that can help you arrange your trip to lessen the impact of carbon emissions. In fact, Aquaponics Weekly featured a blog on Green Travel. Please refer to it for more information. If you are driving, a clean air filter and fully inflated tires can help lessen your emissions.
Decorate with natural beauty rather than purely man-made objects. A few pine boughs and pine cones will work wonders. Oak leaves can also be a lovely addition when decorating the house and table. When you choose candles, remember that soy and beeswax varieties produce less soot and are not made from petroleum products.
Then we speed along to Ho! Ho! Ho! and the Great Christmas Tree Debate—and you thought the Presidential Debates were heated! There are contenders each side of the Christmas tree debate, but, according to Frank Lowenstein of The Nature Conservancy, real Christmas trees are better for your family and the environment. In a short video, he justifies his decision.
During this season of celebration, we should show particular care for the environment. Give green gifts, either made by your own talented hands, or purchased from green merchants. A good source of alternative gifts is Uncommon Goods. Recycle wrapping paper. At this season in the US, trash from gift wrap and shopping bags reaches a whopping 4 million tons.
Connect with nature, both with decorations and literally. Before the holiday meal, take a family walk. This peaceful activity will be remembered all year and can be the topic of conversation at dinner. Plant a small tree to symbolize the cutting of a Christmas tree. Decorate a tree for the birds.
So, ladies and gentlemen of the green persuasion, how will you make your holidays green? Recycle paper, use LED lights, make or purchase green gifts, and connect with nature. In this festive season, don’t forget the organic wines. Again, we’ve posted a blog on this subject, and you are cordially invited to read and enjoy.
Use these tips and some ideas from our previous “go green” blogs to enjoy the holiday season and make less impact on the world in which we live.
Have the Happiest of Green Holidays!!