If you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your Western National apartment, you might be worried about how to make sure that your celebration is sustainable. Luckily, you don’t need a compost pile to have an eco-friendly Thanksgiving. Here are some great ways to plan a feast that will reduce waste and remind everyone that thankfulness isn’t just a feeling — it’s also taking action to appreciate what we have.
1. Unearth the Heirloom Plates and Platters
Dodge the disposable dishware this year and bring out your favorite holiday plates and platters. If your family doesn’t have heirloom porcelain, you can find some beautiful family-sized sets at a local antique shop, swap-meet, or even as surprise treasures in thrift shops. Use pieces with history, reduce waste, and decorate your holiday table at the same time.
2. Find Your Ingredients at the Farmers Market
Consider where you source the ingredients for your feast. Buy local to support farmers and reduce the fuel impact of food delivery. Enjoy wonderful fresh veggies, free-range turkeys, natural honey, and pre-baked pies that will dress your Thanksgiving table even more beautifully than commercial grocery produce.
3. Plan Ahead for Leftovers Recipes
Every Thanksgiving meal is bound to produce leftovers, no matter how carefully you plan. Instead of relying on cold turkey sandwiches and reheated stuffing, plan some exciting leftover recipes! Explore some great casseroles, stews, sandwiches, and salads you can make that will turn your leftovers into a new delicious experience — and reduce the risk of food waste. You can even boil your turkey carcass into bone broth.
4. Make Natural Decorations from Local Plantlife
Don’t buy plastic ornaments to celebrate a harvest festival, bring the beauty of autumn inside instead. Collect your decoration materials from fallen leaves, tree branches, and the farmer’s market. Paint gourds, fill vases with leaves, and challenge your family to design centerpieces using natural materials. When the holiday is done, the decor can go right back outdoors without becoming litter.
5. Donate the Overflow
Finally, donate anything left after your Thanksgiving feast that you can’t reuse or turn into leftovers. Send any unopened ingredients to your local food bank to feed those who are in need. Even your compostable cuttings can be saved and donated to a local community garden that will appreciate the added fresh nutrients.
If you’re planning an eco-friendly Thanksgiving in your apartment this year, simply follow these simple tips. Are you looking for an apartment community that will appreciate your passion for green living? Contact us today!