Did you know that Americans throw away nearly half of their food supply every year? It sounds crazy, but the numbers don’t lie – over $165 billion worth of consumables end up in the trash every year. While the waste of resources and money is shocking, the throw-away mentality is also taking a toll on the environment. As food rots in landfills, it produces methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more dangerous than CO2. Clearly, it’s time to start re-thinking some of our food practices.
As an individual, there are a couple of things you can do. The first is to make meal plans before shopping. This will keep you from over-buying items that will end up in the trash. Another is to keep a close eye on expiration dates. There is no foul in admitting that you bought too much of something and turning into a casserole or quiche that the family can snack on for days. Simplest of all, you can add a clean sponge to your crisper. It’s a trick that will help keep your fridge full of fresh things to eat.