The Ecofabulous Thanksgiving Guide
This guide gives you all the insider tips for making this year’s Thanksgiving tasty, healthy, fashionable and of course, ecofabulous!
|Brighten up your entryway with gorgeous grasses! Responsibly sourced and handcrafted from wild leaves and grasses, the Fall Splendor Wreath from Organic Bouquet is a refreshing, bright departure from more traditional holiday wreaths. ($76.95)
|The best organic food is what’s grown closest to you. Use the Local Harvest website to find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, organic Heritage Turkeys and many other goodies to add to your Thanksgiving bounty.
|For vegetarians that want some mainstream festivity, there are fresh and frozen gourmet vegetarian alternative menus for Thanksgiving (mains and sides). The seasonal stuffed vegan turk’y will definitely have your vegetarian dinner guests asking for seconds.
|Handsome, hardworking and one of a kind, this Dining Table from West Elm has a top made of solid, reclaimed saal wood—once used as railroad trestles—combined with modern steel frame and legs. At 88″ these unique dining surfaces are a beautiful way to set up a buffet or seat up to eight guests. ($899)
|Fantastic for farmer’s market treasure hunting, Gaiam’s Market Basket will tote your Thanksgiving bounty with rustic durability. Hand crafted with a sturdy handle and a thick base, this fair trade basket will haul a cornucopia of goods and keep everything in its place. ($34)
|Clink glass with vino that’s true to its roots. Demeter certified biodynamic, Deep Red by Paul Dolan Vineyards has ripe, round fruit aromas and complex earthy spice notes that’ll have your guests toasting your good taste all night. Feel good about purchasing this wine from a vineyard whose farming practices create special wines, and sustain the land for generations to come. ($44.99)
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|Ensure that all unmittened hands are prepped for contact with Method’s holiday foaming hand washes. Available in a duo of festive fragrances, the holiday foaming hand washes with natural essential oils leave hands soft, clean, smelling mighty fine. ($3.99)|
|The lap of luxury… This hand-screen printed, fully handcrafted white linen apron by Celina Mancurti. The linen is made from the fibers of the flax plant and uses a hand-screen printing process, which minimizes water consumption and ink waste. ($37)|
|Get cookin’ with Clean Food cookbook by Terry Walters. This book is a great go-to resource for cooking food that’s in-season and locally produced. Jam-packed with over 200 healthy and sustainable recipes, it should have just the inspiration you need to pull of a tremendous holiday feast! ($18.99)|
|Make sure your beloved fur baby doesn’t miss out on the festivities with organic thanksgiving treats from pooch smooch. Even the pickiest of pups will happily nosh on these treats made from real organic chicken stock. ($11)|
|VerTerra’s unusual dinnerware is made from fallen leaves. They are non-toxic, biodegradable, durable, lightweight, convenient and downright stylish. ($4.94-$194)|
|Give the gift of enchanting natural honey aroma with Autumn Tile Tarts from Green Leaf Candles. Handmade from 100% Beeswax and packed conveniently in a gift box made from 100% recycled paperboard, these little delights in are a great way to show your host or hostess your thankfulness. ($7.95)|
|Get crafty with the kids by creating hearty, organic birdseed ornaments! These little treats will fill an afternoon with fun and can be given to others as inexpensive, handmade gifts. Check out Planet Green for a list of potential ingredients and tips on getting started!
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|Relax after dinner with a cup of Numi Organic Holiday Chai Tea. This seasonal treat blends Assam Black Tea with exotic spices such as organic cinnamon, cardamom, anise and ginger. The perfect tea to spice up your holiday season. ($6.99)|
|Organic cotton and linen blend napkins are a soft and stylish way to set your table this year. We like these durable, handcrafted napkins by Nikki Designs. Each napkin has been carefully cut and sewn so that it is “square” and will last for many washes. Matching tablecloths, table runners, and place mats are also available to keep you coordinated. ($28)|
|Bring on the after-dinner entertainment with Earthopoly! Earthopoly is similar to Monopoly but players become the caretakers of wondrous locations around the planet then increase their property value by collecting Carbon Credits and trading them in for Clean Air. It’s all fun and games until someone gets sent to the Dump! Made with 100% recyclable paper, soy-based ink, bottle grade plastic, biodegradable shrinkwrap and recycled glass.
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|After the dishes are done, curl up with a Cradle-to-Cradle Certified Pendelton Eco-Wise Lambswool Throw and enjoy the soft luxury of 100% pure virgin wool in vibrant hues ($88).|