In the United States, 108 billion pounds of food are wasted annually. It represents around 40% of all food. Every aspect of the food system experiences food waste. Nevertheless, people are the main cause of food waste. Sadly, that food waste has a negative effect on both our environment and ourselves. Fortunately, there are numerous things we can take to minimize food waste at home, particularly around the holidays.
Try Something New
Reheated leftovers in the microwave can taste great. After a while, though, they can become tedious and unappealing. If you’re tired of eating the same stuff, try one of these creative dishes that make the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers.
Make Use of Compost
Many of the ingredients in your Thanksgiving meal can be composted. In a compost bin indoors or out, you can safely compost at home. Then either use the compost in your garden or give it to a food bank’s community garden.
Donate Unopened Food Items
Food donations to food banks dramatically decrease after the holidays. Therefore, give your local food bank any unused canned goods and shelf-stable products. However, don’t leave a can of pumpkin at their door. As an alternative, ascertain that your local food bank accepts food donations and review their food donation policies. Also, kindly leave your cooked dishes and leftover turkey at home.
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