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5 Ways to Reduce Food Waste

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5. Compost Your Food Scraps

One of the biggest problems with food waste is that all of that organic material breaks down into methane, a greenhouse gas many times more harmful than CO2, in the landfill. Rather than tossing veggie scraps into the trash, toss them into your compost bin where they can break down into nutrient-rich dirt.

Even apartment dwellers can get in on the composting action! You might think a small space would make composting too hard, but it’s easy as pie to get a bin going even in a tiny apartment. If you don’t have a garden to benefit from all of that good compost, you can use it to nourish potted plants or just dump it outside.

I bet there are even more ways to cut back on food waste. What are some ways that you’re lightening your footprint in the kitchen?

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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! :-)

11:06AM PDT on May 23, 2011

thanks

7:27AM PDT on May 10, 2011

THANK YOU

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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