Zero Waste Thanksgiving

If you are starting to plan your Thanksgiving meal, consider these zero waste tips to keep our landfills from getting stuffed!

Buy Local

Hit up your local farmer’s market or grocery store instead of big chain supermarkets to buy the produce and poultry you need for your Thanksgiving meal. This not only reduces your carbon footprint, but supports local farmers and agriculture as well, which in turn creates a circular economy. The money you spend will be put back into the local economy, used to invest in better farming equipment and practices, resulting in better yield and fresher foods.

Bulk Buy

During large meal holidays like Thanksgiving, consider bulk buying some of your produce to reduce plastic packaging and save some money! Bulk buying doesn’t necessarily mean you need to buy Costco-sized bags of produce, you can just bring your own containers and fill it according to how much you need. For thanksgiving, items to bulk buy include rice, potatoes, pastas, honey, spices, herbs and vegetables. Check out this resource on How to Bulk Buy on wastefreesd.org for more tips!

Dinnerware

Use plates, bowls and cutlery already at home instead of buying disposable ones. If there isn’t enough, try asking a friend or family member to bring some over. For larger parties, consider purchasing compostable dinnerware made from natural plant-based materials, which is biodegradable and a more sustainable option.

Thanksgiving, Tur-Key To Your Heart

Did you know that turkey broth is beneficial for the bones and digestive system, and contains nutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals essential to the body? Instead of throwing out the carcass and innards like you would normally, pop them all into a large pot along with some onions, carrots and celery, then cover everything with water and let it simmer for 4-6 hours. You can also find other recipes and ideas here on how to use the entire turkey and not waste a single part.

Leftovers

No matter how carefully you plan, you’re bound to have some leftovers. Make sure you make space in the fridge beforehand and try to use a vacuum sealer so the food stays fresher for longer periods of time. You can also use leftovers to make new recipes such as Thanksgiving leftover casserole using mashed potatoes stuffing, cranberry sauce and stuffing. Discover more delicious recipes here.