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Give (Green) Thanks

As the holiday season approaches, you can easily plan ways to show appreciation to Mother Earth. These eco-friendly tips will help make your celebrations greener.

Purchase free-range: Rehoboth Ranch in Greenville sells free-range turkeys at the Dallas and McKinney farmers markets. Reserve yours by calling 903/450-8145. Free-range turkeys, raised by Pitman Farms in California, are also sold at Central Market (in Dallas and Plano), as well as Whole Foods (with Dallas and Plano locations). Pricing varies with weight.

Compost: Take your pumpkins to a local community garden to donate to its compost pile. Try Dallas’ St. Thomas Community Garden (214/352-0410) or the Plano Community Garden (972/769-4228).

Donate grease: As unappetizing as it sounds, your annual turkey fry leaves gallons of oil in its wake. Pouring this cooking grease down your drain can cause serious damage to your pipes and to the environment. Rid yourself of the leftover oil at a nearby household hazardous waste collection station. In Dallas, visit www.greendallas.net for a list of local donation sites. In Plano, residents can schedule a pickup by calling 972/796-4150. In other Dallas-Fort Worth cities, donate to the North Texas-based Fry Oil to Fuel, a company turns used cooking oil into biodiesel (www.fryoiltofuel.com; 940/239-0558).