Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and friends, to enjoy each others company and be thankful for everything you enjoy day to day. It’s actually the perfect holiday to make eco-friendly choices, as one of the things we must be most thankful for, is the planet we all live on.

One of the easiest ways to go green on Thanksgiving is by getting a free-range turkey. Free range turkeys come from farms that treat animals fairly and that don’t use hormones in the animal’s feed. Stores such as Whole Foods and Williams and Sonoma sell free-range turkeys or you could also find one from a local free-range farm.

Once you’ve gotten your turkey, try to shop local and organic for the rest of your meal too – milk, cheese, vegetables and fruits. Something you could try is called the 100-Mile Challenge from Treehugger, which asks that you try and get all the food for your Thanksgiving dinner using only ingredients found within 100 miles of your home.

If you have kids, a trip to a local market or farm is really educational. Your kids can find out where our food comes from, and best of all, they get to pick the food from the harvest for their special, local dinner!