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You Will Need
- Heritage meat
- Heirloom fruits and vegetables
- Locally produced foods
- Cloth napkins
- Energy-efficient lighting
- Consumable gifts
Serve heritage meat
At holiday dinners, serve heritage meat – meat from animals raised on sustainable or organic farms that comes from less common breeds. Heritage turkeys, pigs, and cows are just a few of the choices available. Most are antibiotic- and hormone-free, plus they're more flavorful.
Prepare heirloom crops
Use heirloom fruits and vegetables in your side dishes. It will help preserve varieties not mass-produced by industrial farms.
Buy foods and beverages that have been produced locally.
Eliminate paper products
Eliminate as many paper products as you can: Use cloth napkins; mop up spills with dishcloths; wrap gifts in old newspapers or magazine pages; and send e-cards or recycle last year's holiday cards into postcards.
Save energy by using LED lights on your holiday displays. If you're giving a battery-powered gift, include a rechargeable battery and charger.
Green your gifts
Green your gift-giving: Give consumables, like food or movie tickets, or a coupon for a personal service; make a charitable donation in your recipient's name; spruce up a thrift-shop find; or give something that helps the environment, like a grocery tote bag.
Cut down on gifts
Cut down on gifts altogether by agreeing to give only to the children in the family; organizing a Secret Santa, where everyone picks just one person to give a gift to; or suggesting a group outing in lieu of exchanging presents.