It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to be Eco-friendly! If you’re looking for ways to reduce your impact this holiday season, ditching the styrofoam and plastic is a great place to start. There are plenty of Eco-friendly alternatives available. Here are some great examples.
The Real Plates That You Already Have
You can set the table with your real plates, whether they are glass or china. Using your real flatware/silverware and real dishes will be better than buying anything new, since nothing needs to be produced for you to use them.
Spread Missed Matched Items Around
Nothing has to be matchy-matchy for your table decorations, so if you have a mix of dishes, just spread them around to balance out the textures and colors on the table. No one is really going to think much about the dishes once they put the food on them.
These plates are fully disposable and compostable. What’s more, they are made from palm leaves that are harvested only after they fall. Plus, they are quite sturdy; they donít leak or bend when you put the food on them. They arenít unattractive and can make for a surprising table setting combined with other natural elements.
This is a giant set for a small price. More than likely, almost any family can do Thanksgiving with this one set of dishes. The cutlery and tableware are made from compostable sugarcane. This set looks more like traditional paper plates. They are also microwave and freezer safe, so great for the holiday.
If you want something new that is also reusable, this eco-friendly bamboo set is for you. They are FDA approved BBA free and are easy to clean and reuse. You cannot put them in the freezer, and they are not microwave safe.
These come in different colors, are reusable, and are made from eco-friendly natural wheat straw. There are no toxins in these plates, and no one will know itís not plastic. They are also dishwasher safe. They are light, sturdy, and durable for your Thanksgiving holiday.
The main thing to remember is that you don’t need to get everything new and everything doesn’t have to match. You can set a beautiful table with unmatching dishes by adding attractive natural decorations such as by bringing some sticks, pinecones, and leaves from outside inside and spreading the different dishes around. Plus, you can feel good about not adding problems to the environment and doing your part to make your carbon footprint smaller.
Dr. Patty Jiménez is the Founder of Recetas. She obtained 2 Masters in Theology and Ministry and a Doctorate in Ministry specializing in Latinx theology and ministry. She has over 27 years experience in Catholic Ministry and is a spiritual director and training as a wellness coach.