Set a Healthy Holiday Table

Consider the health of your family and the environment when setting your holiday table this year.
November/December 2005
http://www.motherearthliving.com/Mother-Earth-Living/set-a-healthy-holiday-table.aspx
Organic French linen placemats and napkins from Rawganique


Photo Courtesy Rawganique

The holiday table is a celebration of abundance. What better place to practice green values for the health of your family and the earth? Some ideas to consider:

Glasses and Dinnerware 

Opt for glass instead of crystal to avoid lead worries. Add extra sparkle with matching or coordinating glass dinnerware, coasters, or trays. Source: CrateAndBarrel.com. And by choosing recycled-glass dishes, you help save precious natural resources.

Sources: RecycledGlassworks.com; FireAndLight.com 

The Table 

Shopping for a new table? Save trees by seeking out one made from fast-growing bamboo. Safeguard your family’s health with formaldehyde-free glues.

Source: BambooHardwoods.com 

If you prefer a hardwood or veneer table, look for certification by the Forest Stewardship Council to be sure the wood meets environmental and social standards.

Sources: BeekenParsons.com; BerkeleyMills.com; TheWoodenDuck.com 

In a Hurry? 

Disposable organic bamboo plates are beautiful, renewable, and biodegradable. Also available: matching reusable utensils.

Sources: SurLaTable.com; GreenFeet.com 

Linens 

Tablecloths, runners, place mats, and napkins set the stage for a special meal, but many modern fabrics are treated with formaldehyde and chemicals to resist wrinkles and stains. Choose organically grown, naturally dyed, or untreated options.

Sources: Rawganique.com; 1Earth1Design.com 

Candles 

Nothing creates a holiday glow like candles. Avoid leaded wicks (which give off toxic fumes) and petroleum-based wax. Instead, choose naturally scented, handcrafted products made from soy, palm, or beeswax.

Sources: BeeswaxCandleCo.com; BeeswaxCandles.com 

Flowers 

Flowers add life and color to the table, but you’ll want to bypass the synthetic pesticides and herbicides with organic, biodynamic, or wildcrafted offerings.

Sources: OrganicBouquet.com; DiamondOrganics.com