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5 Ways to Reduce Food Waste

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1. Order and Cook Less

Whether you’re eating out or cooking at home, take a hard look at what you’re planning for your meals. Of course, you want to make sure you have enough food prepared for you and your family, but over ordering or cooking way too much just leads to waste. This might take some observation as you get a feel for how much you guys actually eat, but the reduction in waste is not only good for the planet, it’s good for your wallet!

It’s important to balance this out. You don’t want to feel guilted into the clean plate club. Remember: food you eat after you’re full is just as wasted as food you throw away.

>>Next: Eat those leftovers

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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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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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