Reduce

Food is the #1 wasted organic material in the US making up 22% of material thrown into landfills 

  • The average American family of 4 throws out $1600 a year in produce

 

  • 43% of food waste comes from American homes and another 40% of food waste comes from grocery stores, restaurants, and food service companies.

  • The production of wasted food in the US is equal to the greenhouse gas emissions of 37 MILLION cars.

 

  • If food waste was its OWN country, it would be the third largest green house gas emitter, behind China and the US!

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5 Easy Ways I Can REDUCE Food Waste!

1. Planning 

  • Look into your fridge and cupboard to see what you already have and make a list of what you need to buy for the week​.

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2. FIFO (First in, First out)​

  • When you buy something new, like salad greens, place the newer package behind the old one. This helps older food get eaten, instead of being thrown away.

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3. Freezing Food

  • After grocery shopping, consider putting food you're not going to eat right away in the freezer to preserve it. For example, breads, meats, vegetables, and fruits.

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4. Packing Lunch

  • Utilize your leftovers by freezing or refrigerating them in meal size containers. Bringing your lunch to work is a great way to save money, time and reduce food waste.

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5. Expiration Labels

  • Over 80% of Americans throw away perfectly good food because they misunderstand expiration labels. Dates on products are based on food quality more so than safety. Inspect your food for signs of mold and suspicious smells before eating or throwing away.

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