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11.16.2007

8 Ways to have a No-Cost Green Thanksgiving

I've been looking at creative, meaningful ways to "green" our upcoming Thanksgiving and have seen lots of conversations on the web. We've decided to stock up on all the local veggies we can find and have pre-ordered our organic, grain-fed turkey from well within our 100 Mile Diet limit, but what else? I really didn't find much innovative, so here's my additional contribution to, not only Thanksgiving Day, but to "Black Friday" which I'll spend at home with my family instead of fighting to buy more consumer products at 6:00 AM.

  1. I am not purchasing a "Thanksgiving-themed," recyclable centerpiece from a local chain crafts store. Nor am I buying a $95 organic arrangement for the table.
  2. I am not purchasing a new table runner made from grass (or any other type of table runner for that matter).
  3. I am not purchasing "eco-friendly" plates, but am using the sustainable, washable plates that I've had for more years than I've had teenagers. Nor am I buying bamboo platters.
  4. I am not purchasing bamboo place mats. I already have some and no one every uses them.
  5. I am not purchasing stemware made from recycled glass. I've been recycling the same stemware for the same number of years as in item #3.
  6. I am not purchasing eco-friendly fiber napkin rings. Our cloth napkins fold nicely into rectangles. Nor am I buying hemp napkins for the same reason.
  7. I am not purchasing soy candles. I don't burn the ones I have now.
  8. I saved over $340 by not purchasing stuff I already have, which I will now recycle into my budget--it's a sustainability issue.

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