10 Ways to Make Your Holiday Green
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO... This season think green! Here are 10 ways to get you started:
- 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 and check out many options to support community agriculture and get your trimmings too!
- Get Fancy: Skip the paper napkins. Purchase a set of cloth napkins this year-impress your guests and Mother Nature.
- 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.
- 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. Better yet, don't spend a dime and google "ways to clean your house with vinegar".
- Buy Local & Organic: This time of year is perfect for those root vegetables plentiful at most local farmer’s markets. Don’t have time to browse the farmer's market? Check your local grocery store for organic, BPA-free canned items like butternut squash and sweet potatoes.
- Drink Green: Try local brews or an organic wine distributor such as theorganicwinecompany.com.
- If You Buy Paper Plates…: Check out verterra.com for amazing, non-toxic, biodegradable, compostable, durable, and eco-chic place settings.
- 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. Pre-washing dishes can waste up to 20 gallons of water!
- Recycle: Have a family member 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.
- Just Give: Skip the time, energy, and waste and opt-out of the shopping. Create a new holiday tradition this year by having the family choose a favorite non-profit or other organization to make a donation. Get the kids involved and have them vote on their top choice from the adult list of possibilities. At the end of the meal, plan in advance to donate the leftover food items to a local food shelter in need this year.
Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO 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, Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Jessica founded OMBE to integrate the best of Eastern and Western medicine. The center's green philosophy reflects her commitment to the environment.