‘Tis the season of consumption. But there are ways to enjoy the kick-off to the holiday season and also be green.
Give thanks and try these ten ways to give back this Thanksgiving:
Stay home – Tell your aunt Sally that you can’t fly out to see her or drive to grandmother’s house. Your relatives will understand that traveling takes its toll on the environment – won’t they?
Carpool or use mass transit – If you really must leave your house, travel with a group in one car or take public transportation, if possible.
Waste not – Roast your turkey in a reusable roasting pan. If you must use a foil pan, be sure to recycle it.
Light candles – It sets an intimate mood for your meal and saves electricity. Use beeswax or soy-based candles, rather than paraffin candles, which are made from petroleum.
Bring out the china and good silver – Even though the last thing you want to do after a food-induced coma is wash dishes, avoid using paper plates and plastic cutlery. Also, use cloth napkins instead of paper.
Get creative – Play a game with the family by awarding an extra piece of pumpkin pie to the relative who comes up with the best ways to be green this holiday season.
Recycle – Toss all cans and bottles used during dinner into the recycling bin.
Compost – Don’t throw the scraps in the trash – compost them!
Re-use – The best part of Thanksgiving are the days after. Use those leftovers again and again to save on trips to the grocery store.
This and all the Crush that Can episode may be viewed here: CrushthatCan.com. Crush that Can is a series of videos–short, humorous videos to demonstrate different ways to decrease the size of aluminum cans in order to prepare them for recycling in non-bottle bill states.
Happy Thanksgiving from ecycler.com!