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Using Leftovers Saves More Than Food

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Americans throw away about 96 billion pounds of food each year — that’s more than 25% of all our food. You might think that the biggest chunk of our landfill garbage is packaging, but you’d be wrong: by weight, it’s food leftovers!

We can’t change it all overnight, but we can all take one step (or more) to make a change for ourselves and our families.

  • Think before you buy, especially fresh foods. Those clementines look luscious, but will you really eat a whole 5-pound bag?
  • Store your food properly and keep track of perishable items that migrate to the back of the fridge.
  • If you’ve got a lot of fresh veggies you need to use quickly, make some soup!
  • Have you tried composting? It’s fun and gratifying — you can even compost in the city. If that won’t work for you, check out the food waste disposal options in your community.

Today’s Step is our Fridge Challenge: Make a tasty — if unconventional — meal or snack from what’s already in your refrigerator (it’s okay to check your cupboards/pantry, too). What did you come up with? Share your tasty creations in Comments below!

Get these tips and more from The Earthbound Cook: 250 Recipes for Delicious Food and a Healthy Planet by Earthbound Farm co-founder Myra Goodman.

Check out more eco-friendly tips on our Greener Living page.

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