Have an eco-friendly Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanks to the City of Lake Forest Park for this timely reminder

 Eat, drink, and be green  
Add local and organic ingredients to your Thanksgiving menu. By selecting organic and local fruits and vegetables, the food you eat will be free from conventional pesticides and you’ll cut air emissions associated with shipping.

Take the pledge to Eat Local for Thanksgiving and add one local item to your meal.  
Cook only what you need. At least 28 billion pounds of food is wasted each year – that’s more than 100 pounds per person.  One of the best ways to prevent Thanksgiving waste is to plan ahead and practice portion control. Use Less Stuff created a handy list of approximate per person food and drink portions  
Set an environmentally friendly table. Use cloth napkins and reusable dishes, utensils and glasses.  
Toss those potato peels, spinach stems and carrot tops in your yard waste bin. All fruits, vegetables, meats, bones, fish, dairy, and other food scraps can be tossed in with the leaves and branches from your yard. Even the leftover turkey carcass, including the bones, can be put in your yard waste bin. The collected material is turned into compost for gardening and landscaping.

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