Tips for greening your holidays | Finding Solutions | 2011 | Fall | Publications | David Suzuki Foundation

By Lindsay Coulter, David Suzuki’s Queen of Green

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Make cranberry sauce

Bisphenol-A (BPA), a hormone-disrupting chemical, is found in the epoxy resin that lines many canned goods. Recently, BPA was found to migrate out of canned foods like baby formula, beans, soup, and cranberry sauce. Reduce your exposure to BPA—switch to fresh, frozen, or dried goods and make your own cranberry sauce from fresh or frozen berries!

Give the gift of time

Shopping is becoming a national pastime. This holiday season, check your list twice. Do you own your stuff or does your stuff own you? According to Statistics Canada, 900,000 tonnes of garbage are produced between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. Consume less; spend quality time with family and friends instead. If you're going to buy, buy less and buy local.

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Skip the unsustainable shrimp ring at the holiday table this year. (Photo credit: JP Daigle)

Take a pass on ye olde shrimp ring!

Cross that hosting standby, the shrimp ring appetizer, off your holiday menu. Farmed shrimp are one the most consumed aquaculture products per capita in Canada. Unfortunately, farmed shrimp has a large environmental impact. Choose better options, like tasty Dungeness crab cakes, with the help of Canada's Seafood Guide at www.SeaChoice.org.