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Weekly Tips | November 21, 2013

Waste Not, Want Not Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, why not let Mama Earth give thanks as well? Instead of gobbling up resources (along with that pumpkin pie!), celebrating bounty this Turkey Day can reduce waste and save money.  As you plan to have family and friends home for the holidays, serve up gratitude and abundance with a few helpful tips-- the environment isn't the only one who will thank you for it!


Go paperless! If formal invitations are your thing, forgo the paper and send an electronic invitation using Evite or Celebrations to personalize the party details for your guests.


Make use of fall foliage and decorate your home with colorful fallen leaves or evergreen boughs from your yard. Looking for more illuminating décor? Try making your own luminaries using tin cans from your recycling bin.

For more ideas on decorating this Thanksgiving, check out these creative crafts made from household items.

Local Harvest

Winter squash, apples, pears, Brussels sprouts, beets, beans, carrots, celery, greens and sustainably raised turkeys are making their debut right now at local farmers’ markets (double check to make sure your closest market is open past October). By purchasing local agriculture you are supporting community development and your local economy, while reducing the environmental impact from fuel used to transport food from across the U.S. and around the world.

Table Settings

We know you know this one, but a reminder never hurts! Instead of using single-use items to set your table, save both money and natural resources by using reusable plates, cups, silverware, napkins, table clothes and serving dishes.

Want to rent service ware? There are plenty of rental companies that deliver in the Puget Sound region. Prices may vary so get a couple quotes. Try AA Party Rentals, Abbey Party Rents, ABC Rentals, or Pederson’s to name a few.

If you’d like to keep a few extra place settings on hand permanently, look for gently-used, durable service ware at local second-hand retailers, such as Goodwill, or search Craigslist, Freecycle or eBay to see if anyone is getting rid of dishes in the pattern you already have.

Ready, Set, Sort!

Encourage your guests to pitch in. Set out your clearly marked recycling and food waste bins for post-feast scraps.


Post meal, if you can't fathom taking another bite of turkey and stuffing in it's current form, reimagine your leftovers into something new like soup, pot pie, sandwich or frittata! Check out these leftover recipes for a start, the options are endless. 

Recycle Cooking Oil

Have left over cooking oil after your holiday meal? It can be donated locally and turned into biofuel. Click here for drop-off locations.

CleanScapes also provides customers in  Shoreline, Issaquah, Des Moines, and Seattle with additional collection options.

RESOURCES: EVITE | CELEBRATIONS | Salt Tree | Earth 911WASHINGTON FARMERS MARKETS | AA Party Rentals | Abbey Party Rents | ABC Rentals | PEDERSEN’S RENTALS | GOODWILL | Craigslist | Freecycle | eBay | Food Network | COOKING OIL RECYCLING LOCATIONS

The Big Picture

According to the National Resources Defense Council, Americans will toss out an estimated $282 million dollars worth of uneaten turkey on Thanksgiving this year, adding to the $165 billion of uneaten food Americans throw out ever year.

RESOURCES: National Resources Defense Council

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