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SustainAbility NewsletterA joint publication from Audubon Lifestyles and The International Sustainability Council

SustainAbility is a free quarterly newsletter co-produced by the International Sustainability Council and Audubon Lifestyles. Living a sustainable lifestyle requires each one of us to conduct our lives in such a way to encompass an awareness of Earth and its processes. Each of our choices require a consideration of the consequences, and the way that each decision affects the environment, society, and the economy. By minimizing our "ecological footprints" and the extent to which we create an environmental impact by living sustainably our hope is that we will preserve the earth for future generations. 

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5 Tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving

TurkeyThanksgiving is second in a slew of holidays at this time of year that have become one extended caloric nightmare. Marketers have successfully driven consumers to celebrate these holidays in an atmosphere of frenzied food consumption, often from everyday pre-packaged products festooned with special holiday cheer. However, you can say no to the pre-packaged cheer and have a hearty, sustainable meal. Below are 5 tips to a healthier, humane, sustainable, “low carb(on)” and labor friendly Thanksgiving from some fantastic organizations, some of whom we’re working with for the Social Action campaign for our film, Food, Inc. 

  1. Buy produce from your local farmers market. Rather than eating grapes from Mexico, apples from Argentina or potatoes from China, purchase as much of your holiday produce from a local farmer! Takepart with the Eat Well Guide to find one near you. 
  2. Buy organic produce whenever possible. Organic produce is safer, tastes better than conventional produce and is readily available at farmers markets and supermarkets nationwide. Also, look for organic wines, beverages and condiments. 
  3. Support a farm worker. Thousands of migrant workers labor in dangerous, brutal conditions for little pay to bring food to our table every day. takepart to help to improve the lives of farm workers and their families through the United Farm Workers. 
  4. Have a no-waste meal. Think about how much tinfoil, paper goods and leftover food are thrown away, to spend many, many years in a landfill. The average US family wastes $600 worth of food annually. Landfills are a significant source of global warming causing greenhouse gas emissions. Instead, use re-usable products and wash them, if possible in a dishwasher with eco-friendly detergent. 
  5. Get moving! The exhaustion you feel on Thanksgiving is from all of the fat, sugar and calories. Takepart in a Turkey Trot running race in your community–you’ll feel a lot better and perhaps have a bit more room for pie.



References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council

The Daily Green

The Paramus Post

Sustainability Campaign

Energy Star


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