This Thanksgiving, save money and go green by following a few environmentally-friendly tips.
Use natural items from your backyard or local farmer’s market to decorate. Hay bales, mums, pumpkins, gourds, fodder shocks, dried flowers, and leaves and branches can be used throughout autumn, and then composted once the season is over.
See Blue Go Green Composting Information:
Pour any fats, oils, and greases from cooking in a sealed container, such as a coffee can. Once the container is full throw it into the trash. Never pour fats, oils, and greases down the drain. They can clog pipes and cause septic system failure.
Fats, Oils, and Greases (FOGs) Information:
Reduce the amount of waste produced by using reusable plates, cups, and utensils, and purchasing items that have a minimal amount of packaging.
See Blue Go Green Solid Waste Management Information:
New Solid Waste Management Publications:
Hazardous Waste: http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/henv/henv104/henv104.pdf
When cleaning the house and preparing for guests, use green cleaning products. Combine ¼ cup of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and 1 quart of warm water in a spray bottle for a no-streak glass cleaner. Use with crumbled newspapers to clean windows.
Cleaning Publications and Resources:
Clean It Healthy, Clean It Right: http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/fcs4/fcs4412/fcs4412.pdf
Green Cleaning Recipes: http://www.ca.uky.edu/HES/FCS/FACTSHTS/green-cleaning-recipe-cards.pdf
Additional Green Cleaning Recipes: http://ces.ca.uky.edu/montgomery-files/FCS/GreenCleaningRecipes.pdf
Compiled by Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resource Issues, October 2010