Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cape Cod Chronicle Column November 10, 2011

How about making your Thanksgiving an eco-friendly tradition starting this year? Here are a few tips to help you capture the spirit of the original, "green" Thanksgiving. It's a perfect way to say thanks to our planet!
1. Reduce
Buy only as much as you need and choose products in recyclable packaging.
2. Reuse
Carry reusable bags when you shop. Use cloth napkins and real dinnerware and utensils which can be washed and reused.
3. Recycle
Recycle paper, plastic, glass and aluminum containers. (Chatham's Transfer Station now accepts all plastics except styrofoam!) If you don’t already have a compost bin, use your Thanksgiving fruit and vegetable trimmings to start one. The compost will enrich the soil in your garden next spring.
2. Buy Locally Grown Food When Possible
Buying locally grown food requires less fuel to reach store shelves and contributes more to your local economy.
3. Make Your Meal as Organic as Possible
Better for your health and the environment, organic farming produces higher yields, increases soil fertility, prevents erosion, and is more cost-effective for farmers.
4. Celebrate at Home If You Can
Thanksgiving weekend is one of heaviest for travel, and therefore emissions. Why not reduce global warming and skip that stressful holiday travel this year?

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