30 Day Zero Waste Challenge
Today’s post is from Food Shift.
“Whether it’s moldy cheese, limp celery, or long-lost leftovers in the back of the fridge, chances are you’ve wasted food this week–and you’re not alone. Americans waste about 25% of all food purchases. The average family could save over $1,600 a year by sending less food to the landfill. When we throw away food, we’re also wasting all the water, energy, and other resources used to produce, package and transport food to our plates.
Food is wasted when we:
Buy more than we need
Store it incorrectly
Throw away leftovers
Cook too much
Reducing the amount of food that is wasted in your life is a way to be socially and environmentally conscious while also watching your waistline and wallet!
From the NRDC Food Report
Read other tips about reducing food waste at home, at the market, in your school, eating out, and in your business.”
And…Take the Pledge!
“I BELIEVE FOOD IS TOO GOOD TO WASTE.
I commit to doing at least two of the following:
- Make a grocery list before going shopping
- Properly store fruits and vegetables to extend shelf life
- Measure portion sizes to avoid cooking too much food
- Eat older food and leftovers first”
Visit the link for great tips and information!
Quote of the Day:
“Do you imagine that potato peels are the only wasted input from the potato you had for dinner? Not even close. That potato came from a giant farm, that used tractors, laborers, chemicals, energy, water and clean air, as well as buildings and roads. A piece of all that attaches to your potato, and it’s a lot more significant in using up the planet than your mere peelings. Ditto for your computer, your furniture, your clothing, your phone, your dvds, your carpeting, your kitchen utensils and everything else you use. Creating all of that doesn’t depend very much on you, but your tiny fraction of that depredation of the earth is very measureable indeed.”
-Paul Palmer, from his book Getting to Zero Waste
The full Food Loss/Waste series:
- DAY 15: AVOID FISH OR REDUCE/CHOOSE CAREFULLY
- DAY 16: MAKE AN AUDIT OF YOUR OWN FOOD WASTE
- DAY 17: HELP WITH FOOD RESCUE IN YOUR COMMUNITY!
- DAY 18: FARM TO GROCERY STORE – LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
- DAY 19: TREAT YOURSELF TO A HOUSEHOLD HABITS MAKEOVER!
- DAY 20: FINAL IN THE SERIES – EAT FOOD. NOT TOO MUCH. MOSTLY PLANTS.