I wouldnt claim to be an environmental whiz kid, but I do the best I can.
I truly believe that even the smallest effort can make a huge change. I read the numbers on the bottom of my plastic receptacles to make sure they can be recycled. I use empty bottles of wine to help water my plants thats actually a win-win because I no longer have to remember to water them! But, I fall short in a few areas. I rarely finish a plate of food and have been guilty of flinging everything in my fridge in search of the one item thats causing a funk.
Then I learned about food waste. And its no joke.
Food is the single largest contributor to landfills, and 40% of food in the U.S. is never eaten. That’s a whole lot! But food waste isn’t just about what gale up in our trash can. Producing all of that wasted food utilizes over 20% of the U.S. render of freshwater that’s more water than is used by California, Texas, and Ohio combined and creates as much greenhouse gas emissions as 33 million passenger cars.
And food is a tricky issue in general. At the same day all of this food is being wasted, there are so many places, in the U.S. and abroad, where households simply do not have access to the nutritious foods that are out there.
Given all this, it seemed worth taking a look at ways to reduce food waste or, at the least, our individual food waste. These tips-off aren’t a cure-all, but doing just a little bit can help to stimulate these very big issues merely a little bit smaller. Here are a few of my favourites.
First things first: In an ideal world, our food wouldn’t go bad.
Sometimes we cant avoid it. We put a pear at the lower end of a bowl, and by the time we get to it, its becoming pear cider. But thats what refrigerators are for! Did you know that those drawers at the bottom serve a specific purpose? I didnt. Turns out, it’s called a crisper for a reason. Want to become an expert at storing your fruits and veggies? Here are a few tips 😛 TAGEND Potatoes, onions, and tomatoes don’t need to be kept in the refrigerator. It’s actually better if they aren’t. Salad greens should be stored in pouches filled with a little air and sealed tightly. As someone who tries to remove all air from ziplock bags, this was an interesting tip-off. Not all fruits can be stored together: Avocados, bananas, and kiwis render ethylene as they ripen, so they need to be separated from fruits like apples to prevent the latter from running bad.