Ways You Can Waste Less Food & Water (3 videos)

There is a lot of waste of food and water in the world.

In New York City alone 270,000 pounds of food are wasted each day. This first video cleverly gives you an idea of what this means.

Then watch the other two to see how you can do your part.

Waiting for the Apple Train

Youíll enjoy this. Donít worry, those apples werenít actually wasted. Itís all trick photography.

The video on page 2 gives you some easy ideas of how you can reduce your own food waste.

Photo credit: Florian

Food: Waste Not, Want Not

Twenty eight percent of food in the United States is wasted; all but 2 percent ends up in landfills. This video gives you a few easy suggestions to help you do your part including planning meals more carefully, freezing leftovers, and making compost.

The third video, on page 3, shows you simple ways that you can dramatically reduce your water usage.

Water: Ways You Didnít Know You Could Save It

We all know about taking a low flow shower or putting a brick in the tank of our toilet. But we donít realize how much water goes into the food we eat.

When we have lunch, 16 oz. of water is 16 oz. Sixteen ounces of soda actually uses 33 gallons of water. A mixed salad takes 31 gallons; a hamburger with cheese takes 672 gallons.

If you follow the suggestions in the video, in a day you save 1,213 gallons of water. Wow!

Photo credit: Stevendepolo


Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago


caterina caligiuri


carlee trent
carlee trent6 years ago

noted thx

John S.
Past Member 6 years ago

Nicely done, interesting presentation. I do most things right. I would have to say 98% of food that comes in the house is eaten. The only thing I don't understand is why coffee uses so much more water than tea.

Ioana Boca
Ioana B6 years ago


Mari Enchanted
Mari 's6 years ago

Conservation:-) More conservation with everything we use!

ilse D.
.7 years ago

A dishwasher is really using less as normal hand dish washing? I do a hand dish wash 2x a week ( live alone, not home a lot ) because of I have to do my dishes not much I did not go for a dishwasher

Bonnie Holske
Bonnie H7 years ago

Reading a book by Jonathon Bloom, "American Wasteland".
Many aspects of food waste include: Food being landfilled that could feed the hungry, food waste that creates methane in landfills that will be a problem in the future (if not already). Not an easy fix to any of these problems and more (in the chapters I haven't read yet) Yes there is food that could be used to feed others, but the logistical costs to get it from farm to table are growing higher each day. Cleaning our plates would not cause obesity, if we didn't pile it high with food realistically we cannot finish. Take some and if you want more, then go back. Buy less fresh items when shopping. Just because the sale says 2 heads for $1.00 does not mean you'll eat it before it goes bad. Throwing it away doesn't save any money. Make "Stone Soup" when looking at all the leftovers in the fridge. If you don't have time to make the soup today. throw those leftovers in the freezer. They'll be ready when you do have the time. Change can happen, we just need to put conscience, active thought into it EACH day. Namaste

Tamika Matthews
Tamika M7 years ago

Great tips!

Melissah Chadwick
Melissah C7 years ago