6 Simple Tips to End Food Waste in Your Own Kitchen
Did you know that 40% of all food produced in North America ends up as food waste and 42% of this is fresh fruit and vegetables? At the household level, this amounts to 23 million tons of produce annually, enough to have fed 112 million people for a year.
We applaud you for doing what you're already doing and encourage you to keep going especially when you can't do everything.
"We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly." - Anne Marie Bonneau, Zero Waste Chef
Join us on our mission to Keep Food Alive for a Food Secure World with six easy changes your can make in your kitchen today to make a positive and lasting impact in your own home and to the world at large.
1. RECONSIDER THE "UNDESIRABLES"
Food scraps like stems, rinds, peels and bones can be reused as the base for soup stocks, pestos, and/or added nutrition for smoothies!
2. BULK DOESN'T MEAN BUDGET
Don’t load up on perishable goods the way you do toilet paper. Why buy a pack of 10 avocados when you’ll only use 2, and throw 8 out?
3. STALE IS STILL GOOD
Stale bread can be repurposed for croutons or breadcrumbs, both of which add great texture to soup.
4. LOCATION IS EVERYTHING
All foods react differently to storage temperatures. For example, if you want avocados to ripen sooner, store in room temperature. If not, keep them in the fridge!
5. FORGET FRESH
Foods approaching their expiration can still be used (creatively!). What about limp chard in your smoothie? Or spongy apples for applesauce? Use it up before throwing it out!
6. ABEEGO, THE WAY TO GO
We’ve been taught to lock and seal in freshness yet living food needs to breathe! Leaving food bare isn’t the answer either as without protection food quickly withers and rots. Abeego acts like a peel so your food is protected while it breathes. The result? Food keeps alive longer, so you have time to enjoy it to the very last bite.
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Did you know that by ending food waste at the household level globally we could also reduce carbon emissions by 8% (according to this article from CNN)? That's equivalent to taking 495 million cars off the road.
Simple actions can have huge results. Together, we're ending global food waste and making huge impact, one wrap at a time!
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