This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for all of the companies that make a conscious effort to tread lightly on the planet all year long and make it possible to give back during the holidays. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to see family and friends, but we are also aware that the choices we make during the holidays have an impact on the planet. This year, we wanted to showcase a few of the companies that are making our Thanksgiving celebrations a little more sustainable.
This year, how can we be mindful of the planet while still enjoying all of the holiday festivities? Here are some tips whether you are hosting your own celebration, a guest in someone else’s home, or just wanting to give back.
Hosting this year? Choose products from companies that strive to reduce their environmental footprint. For recipes that call for broth, choose a product from Pacific Foods. Over 80% of the company’s products are recycled or repurposed with a “zero waste” goal in mind. The Pacific Foods team has taken on numerous energy projects over the years that have resulted in conserving over 6 million kilowatts of energy annually. Their entire product line is non-gmo and created using all natural and organic ingredients.
For your mashed potatoes and baking, choose dairy products from Organic Valley. Organic Valley farms is entirely owned by independent, local, organic farmers. Their animals are humanely treated, pasture raised, and grass fed. They are also taking strides to help the planet by working to convert all of their facility’s fossil fuel based electricity to solar power by 2019.
If you are attending Thanksgiving as a guest this year, here are a few hostess gift ideas that you can feel good about purchasing. KOBO Candles sells beautiful candles made with domestically grown, sustainable soy beans. For each “give line” candle purchased, the company donates a portion of the sales to a charity of your choice. One Hope Wine sells wine and gift boxes with a portion of proceeds being donated to ONE HOPE foundation. The organization is made up of many different nonprofits, working on projects to end childhood hunger, provide people with clean drinking water and fund animal adoptions – just to name a few. If you want to gift something a bit sweeter, indulge in a cause and choose Endangered Species Chocolate. 10% of their net profits are donated annually to their give back partners, who work tirelessly to protect our wildlife. You can check out a few of our other favorite fair trade chocolate brands here. Lastly, make a donation to Heifer International in your host’s name. Heifer International helps end hunger and poverty in countries across the world by providing sustainable ways for people to feed themselves.
Want a few more way to give back this Thanksgiving? Host a friendsgiving for no kid hungry. By hosting a friendsgiving for your best gals, you can raise money for no kid hungry at the same time. If you want to help others have a Thanksgiving dinner, donate to Feeding America .
How are you giving back this holiday season? Comment below or tell us on Instagram!