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25 Ways to Reduce Food-Related Waste

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Waste Less When You’re Cleaning

Cleaning the kitchen comes with a whole other set of waste. From chemicals down the drain to the packaging itself, there’s lots of waste associated with cleaning up the kitchen.

21. Stretch that soap. Before tossing that empty dish soap container, see if you can’t make that soap last for a few more dishes by just adding water!

22. Make sponges last. If your sponge starts to smell a little bit funky, you don’t necessarily have to toss it! Use your microwave or dishwasher to clean a sponge and prolong its life.

23. Make your own cleaning supplies. Kitchen cleaning supplies usually come in disposable, single-use plastic containers. You can cut way back on the waste by whipping up your own cleaning supplies from natural ingredients. You’ll save on money and materials!

24. Opt for natural cleaning supplies. If you are going to buy cleaning supplies, it’s a good idea to opt for natural, biodegradable ones. You don’t want to wash your dishes in harmful chemicals that pollute our water and aren’t so hot for us, either!

25. Use less. So many people use far more cleaning supplies than they really need. It only takes a tiny bit of dish soap to clean a pot and probably fewer squirts than you’d think to clean off the counter. Be a miser with your cleaning supplies. You’ll replace them less often and reduce waste in the process.

What other ways are you guys reducing your food-related waste? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

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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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10:47PM PDT on Oct 7, 2014

Thank you for this article, excellent tips!

I like to wait until the water from steaming my veggies cools then pour it on my plants, they love it!

I live in the city and don't have composting facilities, but when I do a big cook up I wrap up the veggie peelings and bring them in to my work colleague who has chickens.

11:24PM PDT on Oct 2, 2014

great tips, thank you

5:40PM PDT on Oct 2, 2014

I have been "rich" and poor, and fortunately I learned not to waste anything BEFORE I became "money challenged"...So even on a very meager sum we eat very well!

12:35PM PDT on Oct 1, 2014

Some great tips, thanks.

4:29AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

I check out my veggies. I make a lot of soups, so I don't have to waste veggies. Right now I have 1/2 a cabbage, so it's soup or cole slaw. I don't have too many left over veggies. It takes a lot of planning living alone. Worth it. Remember the freezer, lots of thing we can freeze.

4:52AM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

Also when boiling the kettle only heat as much water as you need. It will boil much quicker and use less power.

4:47AM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

I do many of these, and there's a few ideas I hadn't thought of that I will be using. I love my reusable produce and shopping bags. The plastic bags that do come into the house get taken to the recycling depot. Thanks for sharing :)

1:14PM PST on Nov 30, 2012

I do most of these, thanks for posting, re-shared!

6:22AM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

Do most of these, but like the idea of a dipping bowl for cleaning hands while cooking. Have learned to steam broccoli and other fragile veg as soon as I come home from the store (or at least that day) and store it in glass containers. This way it always gets eaten before it turns yellow.
We are also fortunate to live where there are wild critters that appreciate the trimmings from veg and most plate scraps. Javelina will eat almost anything and have become our four-legged garbage disposals, as well as a joy to watch.

10:11PM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

great tips, thanks!!!

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