Gobble Green: Tips to Green Your Thanksgiving
From the desk of licensed acupuncturist, Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO.... Happy Thanksgiving from OMBE! Here are 10 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving this year:
1. Turkey Talk: So your guests didn’t go for that tofurkey idea last year. Try organic this year instead. Visit localharvest.org to have an organic turkey delivered to your home this year.
2. Get Fancy: Skip the paper napkins. Purchase a set of cloth napkins this year-impress your guests and Mother Nature.
3. Try Low Impact Decorations: Skimp on the paper decorations but go all out at rawganique.com where you can purchase absolutely stunning organic cotton and hemp tablecloths.
4. Clean House: Try non-toxic cleaning solutions this year especially if you have guests with allergies, asthma, or children that will be crawling on your kitchen floor. We love Ecover, Seventh Generation, and Naturally Clean products available now at most grocery stores.
5. Buy Local & Organic: This time of year is perfect for those root vegetables plentiful at most local farmer’s markets. Get to know your local supplier. Don’t have time to browse the farmer's market? Check your local grocery store for organic canned items like butternut squash and sweet potatoes.
6. Drink Green: Try local brews or an organic wine distributor such as theorganicwinecompany.com.
7. If You Buy Paper Plates…: Check out verterra.com for amazing, non-toxic, biodegradable, compostable, durable, and eco-chic place settings.
8. Dish Duty: Leave it to the dishwasher! According to a recent study, if a dishwasher is Energy Star, you don’t use the heated dry option, you pack the dishwasher to full capacity (without using the rinse first option), and use eco-friendly soap, then dishwashing is more eco-friendly than the hand washing alternative. Prewashing dishes can waste up to 20 gallons of water!
9. Recycle: Create clearly marked recycling bins for paper, plastic, or compostable foods items before the guests arrive. You’ll save time and energy separating out your “trash” at the end of the evening if guests know where to place the above items.
10. Give Thanks & Just Give: Create a new Thanksgiving tradition by going around the table and having everyone say what they are thankful for this year. Instead of sending everyone home with leftovers, plan in advance to donate the leftover food items to a local food shelter in need this year.
Jessica L. Molleur Biography
Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA.
She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Patient services range from pediatric care to sport rehabilitation and facial acupuncture. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.