How to Host an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again when the holidays are quickly approaching. If you landed the “host” position this year, you have a lot on your plate - not to mention a pandemic that may be hindering your plans on top of the stresses that come with hosting.
Put your mind at ease and have a good conscious by following our eco-friendly hosting tips! Not only will this help you check items off your list, you’ll save Mother Earth, too. Win, win!
   
Embrace Your Reusable Place Settings
Single-use plates, cups, paper towels, napkins, and utensils may seem “easier” in theory, but the environmental impact of these items is detrimental. Each single-use item that your guests use gets thrown into a landfill after just a few minutes of use. Your silverware and cloth napkins, however, can be used over and over again, plus, they add a sophisticated element to your feast.  
Not to mention the fact that plastic plates and cutlery take 1,000 years to decompose and slowly release toxic chemicals in the process... Not worth the half hour it takes to do the dishes!
  • World Market - always great cloth napkins at even better prices
  • West Elm - Swoon over these chic, tasseled napkins
  • Fun reusable, cutlery always makes a lasting impression - something to be thankful for year after year! 
Still don’t want to do dishes?
We get it. If you have a bunch of guests over this may seem like a daunting task. Luckily, environmental companies have created biodegradable and non-toxic dishware that’s convenient and won’t expand your carbon footprint.
  • Planet+ created compostable cups made from plant sugar (yes, sugar) but offer the convenience of plastic. You can buy them directly off Amazon
  • Ecovita sells compostable cutlery that’s made from corn, also sold on Amazon
  • Green Paper Products sells compostable plates on their website. Take your waste to a compost facility afterwards and you’re good to go!
Clean Your Home Using Non-Toxic Cleaning Products
Your house is a mess and your guests arrive in a few hours! Instead of grabbing conventional cleaners that are full of harmful chemicals, check out non-toxic and eco-friendly solutions. You don‘t want the chemicals from conventional cleaning products inadvertently ending up on your skin or in your meal.
  • Seventh Generation sells a number of cost-efficient and eco-friendly household products. Each formula is plant-based and their packaging is made from post-consumer recycled products. They really thought of everything! You can find their products online, in drugstores and supermarkets.
  • Branch Basics - A great subscription based cleaning line that is as effective as it is eco-friendly. Plus it shows up at your door every couple of months so you don’t have to think about it. 
  • Make Your Own! A super simple kitchen cleaner and deodorizer you probably already have the ingredients for - 4 teaspoons baking soda to one quart of warm water. Great for cleaning countertops, the inside of your fridge, and stainless steel appliances. 
Buy Local Produce and Poultry
Pick up your food ingredients from a local farmers market! Not only will you support small businesses, your food will be fresher since it‘s locally grown AND you reduce your carbon footprint since it doesn't need to be transported in from a far away land. Farmers Markets sell almost everything: baked goods, produce, seafood, and even meat at select locations. See if your city has a local farmers market, and if not, there’s probably one not too far away.

Of course, there are so many small changes you can make to help the environment. Whether you’re just starting out or a long time eco-warrior, everything helps! Just be sure to have reusable food containers on hand for leftovers, and you’re all set for this Thanksgiving. 

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving! 

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Madeleine A. for CEO Intimates
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