By Jessica Abbott, Public Health Student Intern
Food waste not only impacts those that are food insecure, but it also affects the environment. When food waste decomposes, it produces methane, which is an extremely harmful greenhouse gas that is twenty-five times more damaging than carbon dioxide.
Reducing waste and doing your part to help the environment doesn’t have to be a complicated venture. There are many ways to reduce food waste in your household.
We have compiled a list of simple steps you can take to help reduce hunger, food waste and also help the environment from the comfort of your home!
Top Ten Food Waste Prevention Tips
- Make a list when grocery shopping and meal prep accordingly.
- Safely store food in the freezer and fridge for longevity of the food.
- Revive vegetables by giving them an ice bath.
- Overcooked food can be thrown into a blender to make soups or sauces.
- Start composting your food waste.
- Make smaller plates to reduce food waste.
- Support businesses with good food waste practices.
- Reuse food items for body care treatments. Avocados make a great hair treatment!
- Freeze almost expired milk in ice cube trays. Perfect for iced coffee!
- Share food waste statistics in person conversations and also through social media to raise awareness about the harmful impact from food waste.
Visit savethefood.com/storage to get the lowdown on how to properly store specific foods!