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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Green Tips - Looking for zero-waste tips

According to As You Sow, food packaging is a primary culprit in creating vast amounts of waste. Nearly half of the solid waste stream is comprised of packaging and paper goods.

Zero-waste meals are both a great way to save natural resources as well as money.

1. Pack a Lunch from Home
One of the best ways to achieve significant waste reduction is by packing a lunch for yourself and your kids.

2. Use Reusable Food Containers
Individual portions of food products while convenient, contain more packaging and are more expensive. When possible shop for bulk.   Re-package them yourself smaller, reusable packages. Use reusable containers and bags for sandwiches, soups, yogurt, salads and entrees.   Bring back that trusty lunchbox and Thermos!

3. Source Locally Produced Foods
Some foods are transported hundreds or even thousands of miles across the globe to arrive in our lunchboxes.  To save energy and to support local farmers, source as much food from local farms as possible. Frequent your farmers market, join a CSA farm, start a backyard garden and look for locally grown foods at the grocery store.

4. Make Your Own Snacks and Condiments
Back in the old days, people made virtually everything themselves from scratch. Energy bars, nut milks, smoothies, hummus and salad dressings are easy to make, often reducing packaging.

5. Prevent Food Waste
A zero-waste lunch also means preventing wasted food. Pack realistic quantities, so there is less waste.

6. Avoid Getting Carryout Food with Excessive Packaging
For example, skip the disposable silverware, bag and napkins by using your own reusable ones, and forgo the condiment packets if you won’t use them.

7. Find a Recycling and Compost Bin
Whenever possible, make sure to recycle the packaging and compost the food.

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