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10 Ways to Reduce Food Waste at Home

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10 Ways to Reduce Food Waste at Home

Here in the U.S., we waste a shameful amount of food. I’ve seen estimates that we waste between 30 and 40 percent of the food that we produce. While of course some of that waste happens during processing, in restaurants, and even on the farm, the part that we as individuals can control is how much food we personally waste.

Wasted food is wasted money, and what’s worse is that the food waste that we send to landfills breaks down to produce methane, a greenhouse gas that’s far more harmful than CO2. Luckily, from your shopping cart to your kitchen and even when you’re eating out, there are lots of ways that you can waste less food to save money and protect the planet.

Related Reading: 6 Ways to Revamp Your Leftovers

Do you feel a pang of guilt when discover a container that used to contain food but now contains an alien life form in the back of your fridge? Check out some simple tips on the next page to help you reduce the amount of wasted food that you have to toss!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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5:59AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Only buy and cook as needed

9:21AM PST on Feb 14, 2013


9:17AM PST on Feb 14, 2013


12:19AM PST on Jan 16, 2013

i do most of those already and some ideas are for the american audience only, not us in the uk! i use the reduced aisles in shops for fruit/veg/meat etc and cook around that. my partner got a turkey half price at £10 for 7.5 kg on sunday. so yes, you guessed it-turkey all week! but i don't mind because we can vary it up enough. all in all, it's about planning and organization. without those, you're bound to forget about something in the cupboard/fridge before it's too late!

7:28PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Never waste food, not only on Christmas, but all year round.

4:58PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

I only make enough food for however many people I will be feeding. If there are left overs it is ate the next day. Nothing is wasted.

3:23PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012


1:55AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Interesting and useful article, one sometimes forget something in the fridge on occasion!

11:18AM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

buy less. start buying once a week, so you get the feeling how much food your family ate in the previous week.

9:23AM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

I keep a gallon freezer bag in the freezer. When I trim veggies I put the trimmings in the bag.
When it's full I make vegetable broth. I also compost with red worms. Who eat my junk mail and food scrapes.

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