Topic of the Month - Making a Sustainable Thanksgiving

A family around a thanksgiving turkey 1960's

Thanksgiving is heaped with tradition. It's a holiday that is defined by tradition. You can't swing a frozen turkey without hitting a pilgrim hat or gravy boat. But, the nice thing about Thanksgiving is that these traditions are defined through each family's experiences. Thanksgiving takes a simple gesture and makes it something grand. You start with a meal and make it a feast. You take a balloon and turn it into a gigantic piece of recognizable culture that floats down a street in New York City.

Thanksgiving makes the small, large. But, it's in the transition from the small to the large that we get our traditions. Each region, town, and even each family has their very own way to make this holiday their very own. But, it's in these differences that the traditions shine.

So, in an effort to help make your Thanksgiving traditions more sustainable, here are a few tips that you can bring to your holiday.


Kids Crafts

pilgrim-hat-craft-toilet-paperEvery kid loves to create something they can show off to their friends and family. Here are a few ideas that you can use that will also help you get rid of some of your unwanted recyclables. Your kids are gonna love these.

1) K-Cup Turkeys

If you just haven't kicked the habit of those awful Keurig single use cups (which are a huge waste in both construction and disposal), you can make a second use of the cups with these corny little turkeys that your kids will love to make.

2) Recycled Pilgrim Ships

Coffee is just great, isn't it? Now, here's a way to get your coffee fix and be able to stockpile for Thanksgiving. You can use the cup sleeves and stir sticks from your coffee trips to make your very own pilgrim ship. These can double as place holders or really fun decorations. Plus, they're really easy to put together.


3) Recycled Pilgrim Hat

Instead of throwing away your toilet paper rolls, you can make a really fun craft for the holiday. All you need is some construction paper, a black marker, and your favorite brand of toilet paper roll.


Locally Sourced TurkeyA Turkey Logo that says "Eat Local"

There are so many reasons to purchase your turkey from a farmer that you know. You know the conditions the turkey was raised in. You know what they fed the turkey. Minnesota Grown is a valuable resource that will connect you with local producers throughout the year, including Thanksgiving. You can search for a local producer nearest you. The price will most likely be higher than a Butterball purchased from your local grocery store, so put that into your considerations. 







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