Food transported by truck over hundreds or thousands of miles burns fuel and generates carbon emissions that are harmful to air quality. By purchasing locally when you are able to do so, you help cut down on the dangerous effects on the environment.

As an extra advantage, your produce will be a lot fresher and you will help support your local community’s farms, businesses and economy.

Organic farming processes don’t use chemical pesticides and fertilizers on the create or growth hormones in animal feed. These substances can seep into the land and the local water supply can be contaminated by the runoff.

Choose to use cloth napkins over paper napkins, therefore minimizing the quantity of waste going to landfills. Your pocketbook also benefits since cloth napkins are cheaper in the long run.

Choose beeswax or soy candles, light Candles If you use candles at the dinner table.

Don’t just pull out the cans for recycling, you may realize that other articles can be recycled as well, including glass jars, plastic wrapping, boxes and cartons.

Consider staying at home instead of traveling to a relative’s house. Invite your neighbors over instead to help create-a festive setting and lessen the fuel and pollution that result from long distance driving or flying.

If you need or desire to travel, check out more environmentally friendly choices. Choose to rent a hybrid car rather than taking the sport utility vehicle, or carpool with other family members.

Rather than putting pounds of leftovers in-the fridge to be thrown away neglected and eventually, give your guests food to take home with them. Put the food in reusable containers that can be cleaned and used again.