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Giving thanks with the earth in mind

Posted Nov. 20, 2018

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As we prepare to stuff ourselves with Thanksgiving turkey, let’s not forget our impact on the environment. Reverse Litter named several ways to have a sustainable Thanksgiving.

Use local farmer’s markets. Instead of going to grocery stores for fruits and veggies, check out local farmer’s markets. Buying local is a great way to lessen your impact on the earth. View a list of local farmer’s markets.

When life gives you leftovers, make soup. After the fourth day of eating turkey and stuffing, it’s easy to grow tired. Instead of throwing extra food away, think about making a soup. Repurposing leftovers can be a fun way to keep the party going. Check out a recipe for Thanksgiving leftover soup.

Freeze it. So, you’ve made turkey soup and turkey sandwiches but you still have leftover turkey and stuffing? Freeze it. Save it for a rainy day when you don’t feel like cooking or to add to another dish later.

Grow it. Every Thanksgiving, Americans throw away $282 million worth of uneaten turkey, or about 204 million pounds. This meat contains about 105 billion gallons of water and is enough food to feed New York City for more than 100 days. Instead of simply throwing away dinner scraps, take them to a local composting center or use them in your own backyard as fertilizer.

Get moving! For most families, it’s tradition to watch football or a movie after dinner. While this is a great family activity, switch it up and get the family outside. Take a walk or challenge them to a flag football game. A great way to express gratitude is by getting outside and enjoying nature.

Embrace Green Friday. Black Friday is arguably one of the most consumerist days in the United States. The discounts and the madness seem to be a huge draw for people, resulting in more than $71 billion spent on that day. Resist the urge this year while saving time and money by embracing Green Friday and reducing consumer purchases.

Compost your pumpkins. Cowboy Compost is sponsoring free pumpkin drop-offs for Fort Worth residents from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1. Instead of sending them to the landfill, residents can drop off their pumpkins at one of four locations.

Reverse Litter. Watch a segment with a local news station that shares awareness about the impact waste has on Thanksgiving Day.

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