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5 Ways to Reduce Food Waste

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5 Ways to Reduce Food Waste

The typical American family wastes between 25 and 50 percent of the food they purchase, and that’s just when you’re looking at the food itself. Add in the bulky packaging that goes along with many convenience foods, and that number shoots up even more. Food waste might seem like a fact of life, but with some careful planning and savvy shopping, you can help reduce the amount of food waste that you send to the landfill!

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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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1:12AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

11:05AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

great tips!

4:50AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

thanks for sharing

4:36PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Thanks for this! This is a very important issue and is one that we are working on in my household! :-)

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7:27AM PDT on May 10, 2011


6:55AM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

Thanks for the info

4:21PM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

I read the stats and just can't help thinking, do people have that kind of money to waste?

7:10PM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

You can always feed your leftovers to the dog, if you have one. Dogs will eat just about anything. Just be careful not to give them foods that will poison them (check with your local vet or do a bit of googling to learn what not to let them eat.) This will cut down on wasted food as well as keeping your dogs happy -- I never met a dog who wasn't happy to get a cut of leftover meat. :)

12:48AM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

Thanks for the info

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