30 Days to Zero Waste (Day 9: Reduce Your Food Waste)

Food waste is a huge problem all over. 40% of our food, that we grow, goes to waste. I mean, that’s not even an “interesting fact”, it’s just disgusting. We’ve gotten so used to this mountainous vision of excess food that we have no regard with how we treat it. Do we truly value our food?

Today, I challenge you to put value into every morsel of food that comes into your possession. Look for ways to use up or preserve food so that nothing goes to waste. Challenge yourself to “eat your fridge” and clear out your pantries. Get creative with leftovers or simply freeze what you cannot finish.

Utilize different types of meals like smoothies, pizzas, omelets, etc. to use up what you have. Only take what you can eat and look for interesting ways to utilize things that would have been pitched or composted. Things like making pesto from the tops of carrots, or turning overly ripe bananas into bread. Saving your veggie scraps to make stocks is another way to utilize what would have been wasted.

There are so many possibilities!

Source: Vision2020

What are your favorite recipes to reduce food waste?

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7 thoughts on “30 Days to Zero Waste (Day 9: Reduce Your Food Waste)

  1. I've found glass bottled milk at a market near me, but it does have a lid with a little pull off bit like regular milk bottles. Do you know if that bit is recyclable?

  2. I find this to cost restrictive with a very small budget .. we make about 40,000 a year. any advice how to support this costly habit? where I live its 6$/lb of almonds and it takes about 2 lbs to produce 32 oz of almond milk its cheaper to buy in a carton one 32 oz for 2.74$. that glass milk cost almost 7-8$/ 32 or 64 oz…

  3. So sorry for the late response, Ambaa! Yes, the caps are recyclable but only at select facilities so you'd have to check with your local recycling center if they take that type of plastic. I do think Whole Foods recycles those caps.

  4. I'm not going to lie, there are a few things in the zero waste transition that will cost more. I look at it this way. I no longer spend money on disposable products such has paper towels, napkins, disposable menstrual products, excessive amounts of makeup, etc. I shift that money to things like almonds or more organic produce. You could also look at another type of nut milk – maybe a nut that is cheaper? But again, everyone should only do what they can. Progress, not perfection. ­čÖé

  5. Perhaps rice milk may be a better alternative to save on cost. It's about a cup of rice for a quart, so that'd be pennies per cup (depending on the rice you use).

  6. Hi Amanda, I agree with Megean that some zero waste switches will save you money, and some won't. However, homemade almond milk isn't as pricey as you are thinking! I use 1 c almonds to 4 c (so 32 oz) of water. I just weighed 1 c of almonds and it was just under 1/3 of a lb. So $2 vs. the $2.74 price you are finding for store-bought. Not only would you be saving 27% and all of those cartons (not to mention the free leftover almond pulp), but homemade almond milk is sooooo much more delicious and healthier. I have seen a few articles recently about how there are actually very few almonds that go into store-bought “almond” milk. By the way, I would recommend looking for another recipe than the one linked to in this post. I have never heard of anyone peeling the almonds after soaking them when making milk and, while it might be nice for certain occasions, I don't see the need to add dates either.

  7. Cashew milk is super easy. You don't even need to strain it if your blender is powerful.

    Soak cashews in hot water for 15 minutes, drain, then blitz with more water. Chill in a mason jar or whatever you have.

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