Having a Zero-Waste Thanksgiving or at least low waste is a great way to introduce friends and family to the zero-waste world. I love Thanksgiving, of course, I love any reason to get together with the ones I care about for a good meal.
We all dream of the bountiful smorgasbord of food all year long. I have so many wonderful memories of Thanksgiving, sitting around stuffing ourselves until we basically pass out, going for afternoon hikes with cousins, and playing board games (only approved games considering we had to ban some a few years back – cough, cough – Monopoly. Seriously, that game is brutal, right Adrian? I know you’re reading this.
After the meal and the dishes, the men would yell at the TV thinking the football referees could hear them while the women would sit out on the porch drinking coffee and eating dessert. It’s such a wonderful day.
As far as waste? Well, my family never really made a lot on Thanksgiving considering the real plates, glasses, and silverware ALWAYS came out. The only waste I ever recall is the paper napkins. However, I know all of our family gatherings are different so I have a few tips to help ensure the waste is at the absolute minimum whether you are hosting Thanksgiving or merely attending.
6 Tips for a Zero Waste Thanksgiving
Bring your own “To-Go” containers
Skip the foil and plastic wrap
If you are hosting, use real plates, silverware, napkins, and glasses
Encourage guests to compost their scraps
Opt for plant-based sides
Encourage guests to bring plant-based sides or prepare them yourself. Eliminating more items containing animal products will help reduce the waste that mass factory farming produces.
Think twice about the turkey
I hope you find these tips helpful! Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving or not, may you have a wonderful holiday and weekend! Stay thankful for those you care about, for your health, for your wit, and most importantly, for mother nature!