1. If you’re using disposable napkins, use ones made from recycled materials. Try Marcal Small Steps recycled dinner napkins.
  2. Serve at least one local food. Root vegetables and gourds are in season right now so make your mashed potatoes, your sweet potato casserole or your pumpkin pie from a local source.
  3. Starting today, save plastic containers and lids from things like sour cream to send home leftovers with your guests.
  4. If you’re going to someone else’s house and you know you’ll be sent home with leftovers, take your own reusable containers so your host doesn’t have to use Ziploc bags or other disposable items.
  5. Delete one item from your menu. There’s always too much food anyway, right?
  6. Car pool to dinner with someone close by.
  7. If you're hosting dinner, turn your thermostat down 2 degrees. The heat from the kitchen and your guests will help to warm your home.
  8. Serve local wine or beer or make them organic.
  9. Compost your food scraps.
  10. Don’t buy any new decorations. No one will notice. Really, they won’t.
See also:

Thanksgiving recipes

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