The big day is tomorrow!  Most likely you’ve got your turkey in the fridge or freezer and all your ingredients ready.  You’ve got an idea for how the day will look and hopefully took some tips from our 4th of July post to make your Thanksgiving Day as low-waste as possible.  

Have you thought about what you’ll do AFTER Thanksgiving?  I’m not talking about Black Friday shopping.  I’m talking about all the leftovers.  Most Americans throw away 20-30% of their Thanksgiving food because they get tired of leftovers or they go bad.  

Zero Waste ThanksgivingZero Waste Thanksgiving and Leftovers

  • Compost any scraps from fixing your meal
  • Use the water from cooking veggies to water plants
  • Make broth from the turkey carcass- bone broths are super nourishing and can be frozen to use in recipes later on (check out a great recipe here)
  • Make pot-pies with leftover potatoes, meat and veggies
  • Add a bit of sweet potato puree to macaroni and cheese- it will add some veggies and make the flavor much more rich
  • Freeze meals into single servings to dig into in January when you’re not tired of Thanksgiving food anymore!
  • Make turkey salad, turkey tacos or turkey soup (bonus- you can use your broth for the soup too!)
  • Send leftovers home with your guests in jars that you’ve saved from other uses
  • Make Shepherd’s Pie


What other ideas do you have to help keep Thanksgiving leftovers out of the trash?



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Olivia lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and 4 year old son. She enjoys spending time in the mountains, studying about essential oils, natural remedies and herbs, as well as upcycling/ DIY projects. Olivia’s family made the move last year towards becoming a Zero Waste household. They have gotten down to one bathroom sized trashcan a month of garbage but hope to be totally Zero Waste by the end of 2015.

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2 Responses to Waste Less and Be Green in 2015- Week 48
  1. Cook less
    Freeze some (gravy turkey mashed potstoes all do good in the freezer)
    Give the rest to neighbors or a shelter they will gladly accept it!!

  2. I always cook a lot on Thanksgiving because I love the left overs. We make turkey and cranberry sandwiches, casseroles and just simply warm up left overs for a few days afterwards. makes cooking dinner easier for me for a few days


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