How to have a “green” Thanksgiving

It’s that time of the year again! Thanksgiving is fast approaching and it’s time to put aside our busy schedules to visit with friends and family, bundle up by the fire, and feed our faces with copious amounts of food. From juicy turkey, to mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and that mouthwatering homemade pumpkin pie your grandma brings every year. During the hustle bustle of the holiday season, it can be pretty easy to forget about being green. Studies have shown that American’s waste about 25% of all Thanksgiving food prepared. So this year, why not celebrate AND help the planet out a little bit? Here are some tips on how to have a “green” Thanksgiving: 


  1. Plan ahead – Like my mother always says, you can never be too prepared. Plan ahead and figure out how many guests you’ll be having to determine the amount of food you need to prepare. And if you’re someone, like me, who believes that you can never have too much food, then make sure you have reusable containers on stand-by to package up the leftovers. Don’t let any of that delicious food go to waste! You can even whip up a delicious soup on the stove with the leftover vegetables and turkey.
  2. Use reusable dishes – If you’re expecting a big crowd and don’t have enough dishes, organize your dinner like a potluck and ask your guests to bring reusable plates and silverware for themselves. If disposable dishes are your only choice, then provide recycling bins for utensils, cans, napkins and plates. KIB can even provide those for you!
  3. Support your local businesses – Since the original Thanksgiving meal was a celebration of the local harvest, why not visit your neighborhood farmers market for some fresh produce? This is a perfect time to take advantage of the Indy Winter Farmers Market at the Indianapolis City Market. There’s nothing better than some farm-to-fork goodness during the holiday seasons!
  4. DIY decorations – Get crafty this Thanksgiving! There’s no need to buy extravagant decorations, just use your imagination and find things you can reconstruct around the house. Also, look no further than your backyard for centerpieces and table settings, use natural materials such as branches, twigs, pinecones, and autumn leaves.

Oh, and most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy the time you have with those you don’t often get to see! What are you thankful for this holiday season?