In honor of Earth Month, this week we’re focusing on food recovery, common-sense ways that you can keep good food from going to waste. To say thanks for embracing recovery, every time you share a fact or tip you’ve tried out using our hashtag #learnmorewasteless, we’ll enter you into a drawing to win prizes, including a month of free produce, a set of Stasher bags, and an Abeego — they are reusable and you get the fullest nutrients from the food you keep alive and save!
- The average family throws away over $1,300 every year in the form of food waste. Experts estimate that 25% of the foods and beverages that we bring home end up in the trash.
- Food waste is water waste. Wasting one pound of beef is the equivalent of taking a six-hour shower. Wasting a pound of tomatoes wastes the same amount of water as a five-minute shower.
- By recovering and distributing only one-quarter of the food we waste, we could feed the 795 million people around the world who suffer from hunger.
- Learn to use what you might discard. Regrow green onions from the root ends, make sauces with carrot greens, sauté beet greens, and use corn cobs and leek greens for soup stock!
- Master your fridge. Practice FIFO: first-in, first-out! When you put new things in your fridge, move the older items to the front so you see and use them first. Date your Tupperware so you don’t let good food go bad.
- Pay it forward! Next time you’re thinking about throwing out something (food or not!), ask yourself if you could give it a second life. Try donating food to a food bank, clothing to Goodwill, or furniture to a friend. Generosity is one of the best ways to prevent waste!