Sophie Uliano

5 tips for hosting the perfect eco-friendly Thanksgiving

Hosting an organic Thanksgiving doesn’t have to mean serving brown rice and tofu stuffed turkey--but as a working mom myself, I know how busy we all are and how daunting going "green" can be. That's why I wanted to create a Thanksgiving that was as easy as possible while still being eco and wallet-friendly. Here are my tips.

  1. Turkey
    Buy organic to ensure your turkey has been raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones – it's better for your health and your eco-impact.
  2. Trimmings
    Buy as many locally-sourced ingredients as you can. To cut costs, only use organic veggies that are in season: root vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussel sprouts are not only full of cancer-fighting compounds, but are their freshest this time of year.
  3. Table
    Use cloth napkins and decorate your table with soy or 100% beeswax candles.
  4. Guests
    If you are feeding a large group of people and want to use paper plates and plastic flatware, you can actually buy reusable plates, cups and flatware made from recycled plastic at
  5. Eat, Drink and Give Thanks
    Serve freshly brewed organic coffee and help save the planet! You can also visit to learn more and sign a "Brew At Home" pledge. Good Earth Coffee will donate $1.00 for each online pledge they receive to The Trust for Public Land, a non-profit organization that conserves green spaces across America, so you’ll be able to kick around those beautiful fall leaves in the park, every Thanksgiving for years to come!


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