Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste and Pitch in for the Planet

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Kitchen garbage bin full of food scraps

Experts estimate that people around the world waste 1.3 billion tons of food each year. The costs to individuals, families, and the environment are astronomical. You can make a difference by making a personal commitment to minimizing food waste.

At Mark’s Daily Apple, we’re joining Primal Kitchen in an effort to #MaketheMost of mealtime this National Food Waste Day. Scroll down to find tips and techniques for being more sustainable and reducing your environmental footprint by reducing food waste, optimizing your grocery budget, and contributing less to the landfill.

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Store and Preserve Food Properly So It Doesn’t Go to Waste

Frozen food in the refrigerator. Vegetables on the freezer shelves.Food spoiling before you get a chance to eat it is a huge contributor to food waste. In additional to shopping smart (more on that below), you can nip this problem in the bud by storing food properly after you bring it home from the store. 

For those times when you buy a little too much or you’re lucky enough to have a bountiful garden harvest, learn how to preserve that food and enjoy it for months to come.

Avoid spoilage:

Freeze: 

Dehydrate:

Pickle and ferment:

 

What to Do with Food Scraps: Trash to Treasure

Those food scraps aren’t trash! There’s still a lot you can do with them.

Turn them into compost:

Make bone broth: 

Get creative:

 

Eat Nose to Tail

Raw liver on a trayWe know, those bits and bobbles can be a little off-putting at first, but organ meats are some of the most nutritious foods on the planet! Eating the skin and gristly bits nets you a bunch of collagen to balance out the methionine in muscle meat. The bones of small, oily fish contain calcium and other minerals. And best of all, almost nothing goes to waste. 

This is huge at a time when we’re fighting against a tide of anti-meat sentiment and claims that meat eating is bad for the environment. The best thing we meat consumers can do is advocate for and practice responsible omnivory or carnivory.

Get started with nose-to-tail eating:

Learn more about responsible farming and animal raising: 

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Seasonal Eating and Locavorism

organic foods at farmers marketOne way to reduce your carbon footprint is to buy locally grown food when you can instead of food shipping across the country or around the world.

Shopping at farmer’s markets not only supports local farmers and ranchers, but you also cut down on food packaging. Prioritizing locally grown produce also means you’ll naturally eat the foods that are in season in your region. 

More information on seasonal eating:

 

Shop Smart and Meal Plan

Planning a few days’ or a week’s worth of food can save money and cut down on food waste. A little leg work up front ensures you’re only buying what you need.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

More grocery shopping tips:

 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Don’t just toss those empty mayo jars. Upcycle them!

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Take advantage of your recycling program. Look on all food packages for what can be recycled or composted.

 

Small Steps Add Up to More Sustainability

Learn how to reduce food waste, cut down on your carbon footprint, and put less in the landfill. Small steps really do add up, especially when we all do our part. 

Check out this post for lots of easy-to-implement ideas:

Reducing food waste is something you can do at home that really does make a difference. Talk to your friends and family, and start implementing some of these practices. What do YOU do to reduce food waste?

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