Avoid Food Waste: Tip for Sustainable Living

Therefore strive that your actions day by day
may be beautiful prayers.
……………………………………—‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Monthly tips about sustainable living are designed to inspire you to adapt them to your personal circumstances and locale and to help you generate other ideas about how to live a more responsible life, socially and environmentally. If we all pitch in by individually reducing our consumption and adopting a simpler life, we can collectively mitigate the severity of climate change, reduce human suffering, and keep the Earth a livable place for future generations.—CHRISTINE MULLER

Avoid Food Waste

“There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw
anything away it must go somewhere.”
………………….Annie Leonard

EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy chartAvoiding food waste is one of the best things we can do for the environment! “A third of the food raised or prepared does not make it from farm or factory to fork. Producing uneaten food squanders a whole host of resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital—and generates greenhouse gases at every stage.”  When food waste degrades in a landfill it produces methane, a greenhouse gas that is 86 times more powerful than CO2 in a 20 year timeframe. Project Drawdown ranks reduced food waste as the third most effective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You can avoid food waste by better planning (don’t buy or prepare too much food) and by proper storage. Better education can also help, for example, many people don’t know that you can eat beet greens – and that they are very healthy for you – and trow them out. Stale bread can be toasted or used for croutons or bread crumbs. Inedible kitchen scraps such as carrot greens or banana peels should not go into a landfill. They can be used for animal feed or compost.

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PAST TIPS BY CATEGORIES

Food
Why Eat Organic?
Eat Lower on the Food Chain
Considering Social Justice in Making Food Choices
Give Up Bottled Water—Go Back to the Tap!
Eat Less Beef
Eat Food that is in Season
Avoid Food Waste

Home
Shower Less—Cleanliness in the 21st Century
Avoid Plastics
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
Recycle Right!
Avoid Single-Use (Disposable) Items
Save Money, Save the Planet by Insulating Your House
Go Solar!
Hang Your Laundry Out to Dry for the Children of the World
Buy Clean Energy
Do a Home Energy Audit!
Search as Service on the Web (Use Ecosia and Plant a Tree)
Clean Safely—Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Your House
Air Conditioning and Moderation
What is clean? How often should I wash my clothes?

Yard
The Bees and We
Ethical and Easy Lawns
The Joy of Gardening
Do Not Kill—Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Your Garden and Yard

Transportation
Let’s Go for a Walk or Bike Ride or Car Pool to Meetings
Do Not Idle Your Vehicle
Use a local Car-Share Service

Shopping
Purchase Mindfully—Do I Really Need it?
Shop Smart, Buy in Bulk
Buy Second-Hand Clothing
Choose Reusable Shopping Bags
Shop Locally, Support Local Agriculture
Save and Reuse your Produce Bags
Avoid Excessive Packaging

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