The holidays are finally here! While you’re out shopping, preparing, and cooking for Thanksgiving, it’s important to keep in mind ways to go green. Each year during the holidays, household waste increases by more than 25 percent. Just a few small changes can make a huge impact on our environment. Start off the holiday season on the right foot with these small, eco-friendly changes.
Shop Local (And, Don’t Forget the Reusable Bag!)
When making your list for Thanksgiving dinner, take a few minutes to think about where your food comes from. We recommend shopping organic and local. Not only will this guarantee a fresher, more nutritious meal, but you will support your local economy. While you’re out shopping for Thanksgiving dinner, don’t forget your reusable bag! Plastic ends up clogging landfills every year. Tiny steps like shopping with a reusable bag can make a huge difference.
Reduce Food Waste
Did you know that over 28 billion pounds of edible food is wasted each year? More than 100 pounds per person. Take steps to reduce Thanksgiving food waste by practicing portion control. For a good rule of thumb, cook one pound of turkey per guest. If you have leftovers, be sure to send everyone home with leftovers in glass jars rather than wrapped in plastic or aluminum foil.
Recycle and Compost
Make Thanksgiving clean up easy by keeping a bin handy for glass, plastic, and paper trash you can recycle rather than toss. Use picked-over vegetables as compost in your garden and use remaining meat and bones as a vegetable soup broth!
While it’s always a good idea to use less paper napkins, tablecloths, and plates, it’s especially a good idea on Thanksgiving to use “real” silverware and plates. Worried about cleaning up after a large crowd? Let everyone pitch in!
Be sure to fill your dishwasher to capacity before running it to save water and energy. The average dishwasher uses between 7 and 15 gallons of water per cycle.
Find Creative Ways to Decorate
There are lots of ways you can decorate without buying super fancy Thanksgiving decorations. Trim tree branches and bush stems with berries and flowers and fill tall vases and baskets with
Take Small Steps to Go Green this Thanksgiving
Remember, there are plenty of ways to make your Thanksgiving a bit greener. From cutting down on waste to using leftover vegetables as compost in your garden, the holidays are the perfect time to find ways to go green and make a difference in the environment. If you ever have any questions on how you can improve your recycling habits, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at AmeriSouth Recycling in Atlanta, GA. With over 30 years of experience as a Southeast recycling center, AmeriSouth can provide your business with reliable recycling, equipment, repair, and consulting services. Give us a call at (404) 209-0002 to speak with one of our recycling specialists.