Cut Down On Food Waste

Wasting food is a cause of climate change. The good news is that we can feed people and reduce emissions at the same time.

Food waste contributes to a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions. If food waste were a country, it would be the third biggest polluter.

The good news is that there are lots of ways to solve this problem. This week, think about how YOU can contribute to reducing food waste. Here are a few ways you can help:

  1. Take stock of what could go bad first in your fridge and cabinets, and make a meal plan to use those things up.
  2. Meal plans are also a great tool to take to the grocery store and can also help you save money!
  3. Befriend your freezer—it might sound obvious but it’s an awesome way to make foods last longer. You can freeze (and thaw without issue) many fresh foods. Take a look at this guide from the NRDC about using the freezer to prevent food waste.
  4. Learn where to donate food you won’t eat. If you end up with a lot of something you can’t consume yourself, like after a big event, consider donating it. Contact your local food bank, and find out what kinds of donations they accept. Feeding America has a searchable database here.  
  5. Start a compost bin, for vegetable peels, fruit rinds and things that go stale. Learn more about composting here.