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:
- Take some time to determine approximate serving sizes per person for food and drink so you don’t buy more than you need.
- Have reusable containers on hand 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 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, ask a family member to bring extra dishes and utensils so you can cut down on the use of disposable products. Use cloth napkins too!
- 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.
From all of us at Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, thank you for all you do to take care of the environment. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!