Thanksgiving is almost here, and whether you eat Tofurkey or Turducken, we hope it’s warm, safe, and spent with friends and family!
In celebration of the season, we decided to round up a few apps and other geeky tools that will impress your friends as well as green your feast. Since food waste is a big problem during the holidays, we focused on apps or projects that will help you reduce your excess. Enjoy!
1. LoveFoodHateWaste Portion Planning Tool
The fear of not providing enough to eat often causes hosts to cook too much. Instead, plan out how much food you and your guests will realistically need, and stock up accordingly. This handy “Perfect portions” planner will make it easy to calculate accurate meal sizes for parties as well as everyday meals.
Instead of throwing out the vegetable peels, eggshells, and other food scraps from making your meal, consider composting them. Individual composting systems can be relatively easy and inexpensive, and provide quality inputs for garden soils. Follow Re-Nest.com’s easy directions for putting together your own space-friendly compost bin.
3. Lunch Skins Reuseable Sandwich Bags
One of the best parts about Thanksgiving is eating delicious leftovers for days. If you’re already dreaming of the turkey sandwiches you’ll be eating next week, LunchSkins are the answer to your plastic baggie blues. These fabric sandwich bags offer an environmental benefit (reduce landfill waste), a practical benefit (they can be used hundreds of times and save you money over the long run), and a healthy choice (food tastes better in a pastry bag).
What are your favorite ways to go waste-free during the holidays? Share them in a comment!
Article by Beth Buczynski, appearing courtesy Crisp Green.