Food waste and how to reduce it

Food waste is a significant issue that affects both the environment and our wallets. in the US, it is estimated that 30-40% of foods gets wasted. Wasted food then typically ends up on landfill and turns into methane, a greenhouse gas 28X more potent than CO2.  Here are some expert tips to help you minimize food waste and make a positive impact:

Plan Your Meals Carefully

One of the most effective ways to reduce food waste is to plan your meals in advance. Before heading to the grocery store, take inventory of what you already have in your pantry and fridge. Create a shopping list based on the meals you plan to make for the week to avoid buying unnecessary items that may end up going to waste.

Properly Store Your Food

Improper storage can lead to food spoilage and waste. Make sure to store fruits and vegetables in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator, keep perishable items like dairy and meat in the coldest part of the fridge, and store dry goods in airtight containers to prolong their shelf life.

Use Leftovers Wisely

Instead of letting leftovers go to waste, get creative with how you use them. Repurpose last night's dinner into a new meal, such as turning leftover roasted vegetables into a hearty soup or using leftover chicken to make a sandwich. You can also freeze leftovers for future meals to prevent them from spoiling.

Compost Food Scraps

Not all food waste needs to end up in the trash. Consider starting a compost bin for food scraps like fruit peels, vegetable trimmings, and coffee grounds. Composting not only reduces the amount of waste that goes to landfills but also creates nutrient-rich soil for your garden.

Be Mindful of Expiration Dates

Pay attention to expiration dates on food packaging to ensure that you use items before they go bad. When shopping, try to choose products with longer shelf lives or opt for frozen or canned alternatives that have a longer expiration date. Rotate older items to the front of your pantry or fridge to use them up first.

By following these expert tips, you can play a part in reducing food waste and making more sustainable choices in your daily life. Small changes in your habits can have a big impact on the environment and help you save money in the long run.

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