10 Easy Ways to Go Green This Thanksgiving

Yum! Just thinking about Thanksgiving brings me great joy! Even though I am not ready to fully commit to saving my waist line this Thanksgiving, I figured why not try to save the planet by going green? Are you considering going green this holiday season? If so, here are a few things that could help you get started.

1. Homemade Cleaner

First I will start off with what Betty, (my lovely grandmother), told me. She advised me that I should clean my coffee pot with a solution of one part vinegar and two parts water. There is absolutely no need to go out and buy fancy coffee pot cleaners to make that yummy holiday pumpkin spice flavored coffee!

2. Re-use Plates

Re-use those foam plates! Just rinse those plates off and put some pumpkin pie, or seconds on them.

3. Open Up The Windows

In November, the weather starts to cool off. If you are hosting, and you will have a lot of people in your house, you can save some energy by turning the AC up, and then opening up the windows in your home. With all of those bodies and hot Turkey and stuffing moving around, fresh crisp and comfortable air will be needed.

4. Play oven Tetris

Save some energy by cooking all oven items together. Try to use pans or dishes that can be configured in a way where you will be able to accomplish putting at least three dishes in there at once.


All of those cans of cranberry sauce, and plastic forks should be heading to a recycling bin near you. Also, the Black Friday ad papers can go in there too once you have written everything you need down!

6. Share a ride

Carpool over to your favorite aunts, niece, or in-laws house. Sharing a ride means more healthy air for you when your pants are too tight from eating so much!

7. Shop Locally

Shop at your local farmers market for fresh fruits and veggies.

8. No bottled H20

Skip on the bottled waters. Come onâÂ?¦ tap water won’t hurt.

9. Re-use Containers

Those plastic containers that you get from your local Chinese food restaurant are wonderful for filling up with delicious Thanksgiving leftovers.

10. Change up the menu

Lastly, I know I have been throwing Mr. Turkey around a lot, but a great green alternative to Turkey would be to create a completely vegetarian menu.

What do you all think? Please share your ideas!

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