The best way to celebrate this holiday of gratitude with your family is by promoting a sustainable Thanksgiving. Having a sustainable Thanksgiving doesn’t mean cutting back on delicious dishes and desserts. Instead of spending all your time on Thanksgiving decorations and your meal preparation, try some of these simple ideas for a more memorable and sustainable Thanksgiving holiday.
7 Sustainable Thanksgiving Projects for the Holiday
1. Grow Your Own Vegetables
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The best way to ensure your meals and its ingredients are all organic is by growing your own produce. Having an organic garden won’t just freshen up your meals at the dinner table for the days to come, you can also throw away your spoiled food and perishables in your organic garden. Grow your own fruits and vegetables and let your kids have fun while helping you harvest for this family holiday.
2. Drink Lots of Local Water
Avoid drinking from bottled water because their plastic containers have toxic chemicals which seep into the water. Try installing a filter on your tap if you want a more local and quality drinking water in your home.
3. Go Meatless This Thanksgiving
This may be the hardest decision for you to make this holiday but it’s also the most sustainable project your family can participate in. A lot of livestock, including turkeys, are factory farmed and they contribute heavily to greenhouse gas emissions. If this may be too difficult for you, try meatless Mondays instead.
4. Adopt Your Own Turkey
This may be the most unforgettable experience your kids can have. Instead of serving a roasted turkey, let your family celebrate Thanksgiving by adopting a turkey and let it roam free in your small grassy backyard.
5. Visit a Farm
If your backyard isn’t big enough for a live turkey to grow in, or you can’t find the time to manage your own organic garden, you can always take your kids on a trip to an organic farm. Let your kids meet the farmers and their farm animals while you shop for locally grown fruits and vegetables for your family dinner.
If you want to share your blessings with other families, you can always donate canned goods to your local food banks. If you want to reach a larger group of people, you can always donate to organizations which deliver meals to people who need them.
7. Save Your Scraps
After a scrumptious and bountiful family dinner, there’s bound to be scraps and leftovers. Instead of throwing away your scraps, throw them into your compost pit for your organic garden. You can also refrigerate your leftovers and serve turkey sandwiches the next day.
Watch this video from The Promiseland Farm to find out how to raise baby chickens and turkeys for your sustainable Thanksgiving!
Show your holiday spirit this Thanksgiving by going meatless and adopting your own turkey. This experience will no doubt be a memorable one for your family and show your children that living sustainably can be fun and delicious with fresh fruits and vegetables. Instead of doing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, try a few of these sustainable Thanksgiving ideas for an unforgettable family holiday!
What have you planned for this holiday? Have you tried any of these sustainable Thanksgiving activities? Share your thoughts and experience with us in the comments below!
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