Thanksgiving is more than just a parade to Herald Square. It is more than football and warm sweaters. Thanksgiving is about giving thanks and what better way to do it than to do so in nature in an environmentally-friendly way?
Tapping into your local economy by buying from local farms or farmshares or farmers markets are better for the environment, better for the local economy, and better for your health. Mom and Pop markets and farmers markets are more about the people. They consume less land and create less traffic on the roadways of America, shipping goods from a coastal port to a midwest supermarket. Granted, shopping in this fashion can be a bit more expensive, try sourcing even just a few dishes.
NOTE: LocalHarvest is a great place to find local farms, farmers markets, CSAs or local grocers.
DECORATE WITH MOTHER EARTH
What year has passed that even Marth Stewart hasn’t looked to Mother Earth for design inspiration?
- Fresh Cotton. If you live in the South, consider adding a few sprigs of freshly cut cotton to extra vases and scatter them around your home.
- Seasonal Centerpieces. Look no further than the wildflowers near your own home to create beautiful bouquets and place settings. Mix the buds with gords or pumpkins, acorns or pecans, to create incredible points of interest.
- Mason Jars. Over the past few years, mason jars have taken the spotlight for sustainable decoration. Everyone has a few mason jars laying about. Paint them with a bit of milk paint or tie a little burlap around them, and you can contain everything from silverware to fresh cut flowers.
CONSUME LESS. WASTE LESS.
The best way to waste less is simply to buy less and consume less. Who can resist a leftover turkey sandwich though? In fact, a great way to waste less is to serve less at the initial Thanksgiving dinner and create a to-go plate for all of your table guests. Our eyes are always bigger than our stomachs so when we see a huge spread on the table we are more tempted to take more food. If there is less to dish out, there is typically less wasted. If you don’t have guests that understand the value of a late night Thanksgiving plate you can always donate leftovers to food drives or shelters in your community.
This is a no-brainer. One of the ways to make your Thanksgiving more green is to lend your time and your resources. Don’t just throw a few canned goods at the local Salvation Army. Volunteer to forego your own Thanksgiving dinner in order to cook for those less fortunate or even organize a free meal for those who may not have anyone else to spend their holiday with. It doesn’t have to be at a food shelter though. Why not dedicate your normal Thanksgiving afternoon to clean up a local city park or trek through the state park and pick up trash? The options are endless.
HAVE A TINYGIVING, SKOOLIEGIVING, OR TENTGIVING
Get outside this Thanksgiving. Escape the artificial air or heat in your home and experience nature for all its bounty. Try It Tiny has a number of places you can go and houses you can visit in order to have a more greengiving. Try:
- Stone Garden Farm and Village
- Farm Tiny House Community
- Gonestraw Farms
- Modern Harvest Farms
- Wonderland Skoolie
Try It Tiny is waiting to help you find a farmstay or farmland you can live on or stay on. Just type “FARM” into the property search and find out your options for a green Thanksgiving.