Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for friends, family, health, happiness, and the planet, too! In addition to checking out Ember LED's blog posts on the sustainable solar technology, read on to learn how you can be green this Thanksgiving!
Are you one of the 46.9 million Americans expected to travel during Thanksgiving this year? If so, it may be worth looking into public transportation or carpooling options. By posting on your local townships Facebook page, community forum or website, you may be able to find others in your area that are traveling in the direction you are going in for the holiday. Alternatives like ZipCar and Enterprise Car Share are also great affordable options.
2. It's about portion control.
And not control about just what's on your plate. As you begin to prepare your Thanksgiving dinner, do not overcook! Ask your guests to prepare a dish to share so that you utilize minimal ingredients and have your stove, oven and microwave running for less time than necessary. Moreover, if you start to feel full, don't fill your plate. Be conscious of your food intake. Your pants will thank you, and so will your garbage can.
3. Invite a turkey to dinner... but don't eat one.
Each year, 46 million turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving, and at a high cost. Not only is it expensive, the cost of food waste exceeds 250 million, and the cost of water production to feed, slaughter and distribute the Thanksgiving bird reaches over 100 billion gallons. This year, try eliminating meat from the table, and substituting meat proteins with substitutes like Tofu, such as the industry staple Tofurkey or VegeUSA's whole Tofu Bird.
4. Provide doggie bags to your guests and neighbors.
Thanksgiving is a notorious holiday for food waste, so don't hoard your leftovers. Provide your guests with dishes to take home food for the next few days, and be sure you save some for yourself, too. Also, head to your local religious organization, charity or food donation center to provide food for those who aren't able to celebrate the holiday feast this year.
5. Clean green.
As much as Thanksgiving preparation can be sustainable, so can the cleaning up! Use products like Earth Friendly Products and Seventh Generation around your home to wash the kitchen countertops, floors and dining room tables. Use rags instead of paper towels, and turn off the water when you add soap as you hand wash your dishes.
Ember LED wishes you a very happy, safe and fun Thanksgiving!