When you look at a can of cranberries, what do you see?

Cranberry SauceWhen you look at a can of cranberries, what do you see?

Do you see a delicious side dish to your Thanksgiving turkey?

Or do you also see the seeds that grew the cranberries? What about the farmers who planted, nurtured and harvested the cranberries? Or the sunlight, soil and water that helped the cranberries grow? What about the workers who mined the steel to make the can, or the recycler who smelted an old steel can to make a new one? What about the trees that provided the paper label, or the recycler who pulped old papers to make a new label?

The meal you enjoy at Thanksgiving is more than what was prepared by those working in your kitchen. Natural resources, technology and hundreds of people, will have helped provide your food from seed to field to plate.

This Thanksgiving, give thanks not only for family and friends, and a tasty meal, but also for the countless resources and people who made your meal possible.

And when it comes time to “throw away” that empty can of cranberries, remember too, the resources and time that went into making it. Don’t throw it in the garbage where it’s going to sit in a landfill for hundreds or thousands of years. Put that empty can in your Blue Box to be recycled, helping to conserve resources and energy.

Wishing you a thankful Thanksgiving!

About John Watson

I’m the Waste Diversion Educator Coordinator for Halton Region. I deliver educational workshops in Halton schools, teaching about 30,000 students each year about recycling and composting!
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One Response to When you look at a can of cranberries, what do you see?

  1. Kevin says:

    So true! Thanks John!

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