Use items from your backyard or the local farmers‚ market to decorate. Hay bales, mums, pumpkins, gourds, fodder shocks, dried flowers, and leaves and branches can be used throughout autumn, and then composted once the season is over.
Buy local! Prepare a Thanksgiving Day feast using locally grown, seasonal foods. For information on when local fruits and vegetables are available and locations of farmer‚s markets in your area visit the Kentucky Proud website at http://www.kyproud.com/docs/AvailGuide.pdf .
If possible, use reusable plates, cups, utensils, and napkins. If reusable items are not feasible, use paper products made from recycled content.
Locate recycling and composting receptacles near trash cans so guests can easily dispose of recyclables and fruit and vegetable wastes.
Encourage guests to carpool to the event to save gas and money, and reduce vehicle emissions.
If you are traveling, save energy (and money) by turning down your thermostat.
Place leftovers in reusable containers to send home with guests. However, don’t forget to save some leftovers for you and your family to enjoy.
Save energy by turning off the TV and getting outside. Play a game of flag football, take a walk, or simply sit out in the sunshine and enjoy the company of family and friends.
Last but not least, give thanks for family, friends, and blessings in your life.