As you plan your Thanksgiving feast, try to keep in mind that Americans waste about 25% of all Thanksgiving food prepared. (That’s roughly $43 billion of food waste!! Yikes.)
Here are some ways to celebrate and reduce your impact on the environment:
Plan ahead and determine approximate serving sizes per person for food and drink portions.
Plan For Leftovers – bring reusable containers to package leftover food for relatives to take home, and plan for ways to use leftover food in other recipes.
Support local businesses while shopping for holiday dinners, especially since the original Thanksgiving meal was actually a celebration of the local harvest! Check out your neighborhood farmers markets for fresh produce, and you’ll reduce the number of miles between your plate and the farm, therefore reducing fossil fuels.
If you’re expecting a big crowd, organize it like a potluck and ask your guests to bring reusable dishes and silverware for themselves… If disposable place settings are your only choice, opt for biodegradable and compostable utensils, napkins and plates.
Use smaller plates – they fill up faster, visually satisfying the eater with less.
Before the festivities begin, turn down the thermostat – all of the cooking, baking, and guests are likely to warm it up on their own!
After the meal, evaluate how many people were present and how much of each dish was consumed. By keeping track each year, you can make a more efficient, less wasteful Thanksgiving meal in the future.