Waste Less Food
Cutting back on food waste is one of the best ways that you can save money and help the planet at the same time. When we send food waste to the landfill, it breaks down to produce methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. Here are some ways to make a difference.
1. Don’t shop hungry. I know, I probably sound like your mother, but this is great advice. When you hit the grocery store on an empty stomach, you’re much more likely to buy more food than you need and have to toss spoiled food down the road.
2. Plan your meals and make a list. This goes hand in hand with that first tip. Instead of heading to the store without a plan, take some time to decide what you’re going to cook in the next week. Inventory your cabinets to see what you have, so you don’t end up picking something up that was already in the pantry.
3. Get organized. When you get back from the store, don’t just shove everything into the pantry and the fridge. Take this opportunity to move things that are expiring soon so they’re front and center. You’ll be more likely to use them before they spoil that way.
4. Don’t worry so much about “best by” dates. Often, those are more to cover the producers than for your own safety. I highly recommend the StillTasty database to see if your food is still good. Of course, if something smells funny, has turned a disturbing color, or the packaging is puffed up, it’s better to toss it.
5. Compost. If you do have food that spoils, don’t throw it in the trash! Compost it instead and transform your waste into precious food for your plants.. There are so many surprising things that can go to the compost bin instead of the landfill.
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