Food Waste Prevention
In the United States, an astonishing 40% of our food is landfilled. Here in Santa Barbara County we're doing much better at only 20%, but we can still do more.
Read below for helpful tips to reduce the amount of food you and your family waste.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that a family of four can save more than $2,000 a year by implementing simple methods to reduce food waste:
- Inventory and use what you have before you buy more.
- Make a plan before you go shopping and buy only what you'll use.
- Be creative by using the edible parts of foods that you normally throw away (e.g. make stock for soups or sauces, sauté beet tops, make croutons from stale bread).
- Donate healthy, safe, and untouched foods to food banks.
- Freeze, preserve, or can surplus fruits and vegetables.
- Know how much food you're actually wasting by measuring your waste (either by weight or volume).
- Reduce plate size and start with smaller servings.
You can also download a new app called "OLIO" to share your surplus or unwanted food with neighbors - think unopened yogurts of a flavor you thought you would like but discovered you didn't or excess baked goods that your family won't be able to eat solo.
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