Waste Not

Think before you toss! The economic and environmental costs of food waste are high. Reducing food waste can help conserve energy, prevent pollution, save money and support your community. Being mindful about food waste is the first step.

Be organized.

Know what foods you need to buy before you go to the grocery store and make a list to prevent over-buying. Buying for the meals you plan on preparing will cut down on the food you end up not eating from spontaneous or hungry buying.

Store your food.

Learning how to properly store food, especially fruits and vegetables, can help elongate freshness. Some fruits produce natural gasses as they ripen, which can cause other foods stored nearby to spoil. For example, apples, tomatoes, onions and bananas should be stored separately.

Always prepare.

Preparing your perishable foods after shopping can help them last longer. Breaking down large quantities of meat and freezing a portion can make your window of time to consume those foods bigger and reduce the amount of waste you might have created otherwise.

Shop smart.

Be mindful of expiration dates when you shop for groceries. Do you have enough time to eat it before it expires? Is it something you can prepare and store for later?

Composting.

Rather than throwing away food scraps, consider composting. You can create a compost pile with browns (dead leaves, twigs), greens (food scraps, vegetable waste, coffee grounds) and water. Your compost can be used in soil to help plant growth.

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-wasted-food-home and https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home.