Reduce Food Waste

 Did you know that 30- 50% of food produced around the world goes to waste each year? This food - which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons of food - usually ends up in a landfill where it creates the greenhouse gas methane, one of the most harmful gases that contributes to climate change. 

  • Shop and Cook Smart: Your shopping and cooking habits play an important role in reducing food waste. The most common reasons people in developed countries like the US waste food are by letting it expire, throwing out scraps during cooking, or serving themselves too much. This waste can be reduced simply by making a grocery list before going to the store, thinking about appropriate portion sizes, and storing leftovers for later. Using perishables before their expiration date and cooking only what you will eat will also help minimize spoilage. 
  • Beware of Unnecessary Packaging: Packaging is another major culprit of unnecessary food-related waste. As much as 32% of household trash is composed of food packaging. If you are really ready to eliminate trash, look for ways to minimize would-be waste from even entering the home. Read more about ways to avoid excess packaging
  • Compost: You can also minimize your food waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by composting in your backyardThere are a few different techniques, including the apartment-friendly version called vermicomposting. Visit our page on composting to learn the specifics and get started.