How to Have Yourself a Sustainable Thanksgiving

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager

Thanksgiving is the time of year when we all remind ourselves and each other what we are most grateful for. It’s a time to celebrate with our families and our friends, as well as to eat some great food! However, as with any special occasion, there are always opportunities to reduce our impact on the natural environment.

With that said, here are some simple tips to make your Thanksgiving a little eco-friendlier:

  • Keep it reusable: From the plates you’re eating on, to the cutlery you’re using, avoid using disposable paper or plastic materials. It reduces waste and saves money!
  • Have yourself a local and organic meal: local and organic foods are becoming less and less costly, reduce emissions from transportation, are void of pesticides and other or environmentally damaging chemicals, and are better for our local economies.
  • Go as vegetarian as possible: Most meats are highly carbon and resource intensive, and their production is a major contributor to climate change. Even if you’re not strictly a vegetarian or a vegan, try to move away from meat options and opt for healthier and nutritious veggies.
  • Keep, eat, and make use of your leftovers: You’ll definitely get stuffed on Thanksgiving, but almost always people have leftovers. Make sure you eat your leftovers – you can even improvise and make other types of meals for later!

From all of us here at the Hixon Center, we wish you all a safe, happy, and sustainable Thanksgiving!