- buy products that contain recycled materials and that can be recycledFor more information on being “green”, research online, or check out “The Green Book”, by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas Kostigen, and “Green Chic – Saving the Earth In Style”, by Christie Matheson. We also found an article on "8 ways to cut waste when grocery shopping" that we thought was also helpful:
- buy products with the least amount of packaging
- buy less processed convenient foods and more fresh foods
- buy in bulk and avoid single-serving products
- buy natural eco-friendly products
- use what you buy
- use a shopping list and follow it, so as to not buy products that you won’t need
- avoid plastic and Styrofoam plates and use reusable plates instead
- do less take-out and fast food
- decrease portion sizes and go back for seconds if needed
- bring home leftovers from a restaurant
- use leftovers in a recipe for another day
- try to utilize all food parts (such as from a vegetable) in cooking
- use the least amount of plates and silverware
- use cloth napkins
- use reusable Tupperware
- use reusable bags for shopping
- reuse plastic bags
- recycle bags, cardboard, and paper
1. Skip single-serving items, which require more packaging per unit. Overpackaged offenders include frozen foods and lunch and snack items.Another article, posted by equanimity, discusses "10 ways to Green Your Fridge":
2. Purchase juice concentrates. You supply the water and pitcher and skip the large plastic container.
3. Avoid disposable goods, including razors, lighters, and plastic plates.
4. Use your own canvas or string bags at the grocery store. If you do use plastic, return it to the store for recycling, or use as trash bags.
5. Use produce bags only for moist or small, loose items, such as lettuce and berries.
6. When possible, purchase goods in cans or glass instead of plastic containers. Glass can be recycled indefinitely.
7. Look for multipurpose cleaners instead of buying one for each kind of surface.
8. Close the loop. Purchase products that have themselves been made from recycled materials, such as Seventh Generation paper towels.
1. Ditch the plastic - switch to glass storage containersCan you think of other ways to reduce food waste? We would love your opinions and tips!
2. Upgrade (and downsize) - buy an energy-efficient refridgerator, and one that's smaller in size that "consumes less energy and discourages waste".
3. Forget ice and water dispensers
4. Fill 'er up - keep the fridge full, to reduce energy consumption.
5. Mind the expiration date - check expiration dates and use food before it goes to waste.
6. Keep it clean - a clean fridge reduces bacterial growth and food spoilage.
7. Vacuum the coils - to keep the refrigerator more efficient, clean the coils in the back at least twice a year.
8. Check the seals - make sure the seals to the doors are tight to prevent air escaping.
9. Location - keep your fridge in a location away from appliances that generate heat or away from a sunny window.
10. Temperature - keep the temperature between 36° -38°F.