Holiday entertaining for the environmentally conscious

(NC) – Many Canadians are preparing for the holiday season. Whether shopping for gifts or preparing guest lists, tis' the season for holiday party planning.

It's no surprise that when planning a holiday office party, family dinner or cocktail hour for friends, one of the most important parts is getting the menu just right.

Try something different this season and create an environmentally conscious themed holiday menu. As Canadians are becoming aware of issues threatening our planet - they are making educated choices about the types of food they consume. This holiday present smart choices on your menu that cater to your guests' appetite while taking action on the environment.

Consider spicing up your dinner menu with sustainable products. Add a new twist to your hors d'oeuvres or main course by adding a sustainably caught fish to your menu list. For an extra treat, add some Fair Trade products like coffees, teas, chocolate and fruit for beverages and desserts.

Many grocery stores make it easy to be a conscious host by providing consumers with sustainable sourced products. For example in the past year many grocery stores have made sustainability sourced seafood a top priority. In May 2009, Loblaw Companies announced its commitment to source 100 per cent of all seafood sold in its stores from sustainable sources by year-end 2013. As part of this commitment Loblaw stopped selling Orange Roughy, Chillean Sea Bass, Shark and Skate as they deemed these species to be at risk. Loblaw retail stores include Loblaws, Atlantic Superstore, Real Canadian Superstore, Zehrs, Provigo and Fortinos to name just a few.

Sustainable Shopping Tips:

  • Look for certified sustainable ecolabels on products such as The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) which verifies the seafood product has come from a sustainable source and Fair Trade logos on products which guarantees that farmers/workers in developing countries are receiving fair prices for their goods
  • Read the package to find out where the product comes from
  • Ask grocery store employees for advice and suggestions for sustainable alternatives
  • Get informed – research grocery retail websites to learn about their sustainable practices