Zero Waste [Checklists]

If you’re passionate about the environment, it’s likely that you’ve looked for places in your life where you could reduce your waste. Whether you’re a business owner running a sustainable restaurant or you’re a stay-at-home parent looking to reduce waste, there are opportunities all around us to make the planet a little greener.

That’s what the zero-waste movement is all about—the idea of completely eliminating all of your waste and living an entirely sustainable life. It sounds lofty because it is, and it may not be feasible for everyone. Like all lifestyle changes, it won’t happen overnight. Making small changes here and there can make a significant difference.

Not sure where to start? These e-checklists from our friends at Self Lender offer sustainable swaps for products we use at home and when we’re out and about. Download them by clicking the links below:

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How to Pick fresh, ripe Fruits and Vegetables [Infographic]

It is always the same story. After a long day of grocery shopping, you’re excited to finally eat that avocado you bought. But it is not as “ripe and ready to eat” as the packaging claims, in fact, it is hard as a rock.

If only there were a way to know, in the store, which fruits and vegetables were ready to eat. Luckily, there is! This visual guide from Pounds to Pocket will show you how to pick out fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables every single time.

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Green Business Practices: How to run a Sustainable Restaurant

Many food industry restaurants are finally coming around to sustainability in ways that we haven’t seen before. Sustainability presents ways in which businesses can run more efficiently, saving them money and time while helping to save the planet. Here is a quick list of the different methods restauranteurs can incorporate into their business to become more sustainable, as well as some chains who have already successfully made the switch.

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How long does it take Food to Spoil? [Infographic]

Believe it or not: Americans throw away $165 billion dollars in food each year. That means 40% of food is wasted every year! There are clearly many ways food is wasted, but one way is in our own homes. Too often, food gets pushed to the back of our refrigerators, freezers, or pantries and forgotten about for months or even years to come. We’re left scratching our heads and wondering if a food item is still safe to eat. Or, if it goes bad, we end up throwing food away and wasting not only that food, but money. It affects our environment and our own wallet.

To clear up the gray area and to help reduce food waste, Kitchen Cabinet Kings put together a helpful guide that breaks down the average lifespan of common household foods. It can be helpful to reference this chart next time you grocery shop and create simple labels on your food. You can avoid food waste and getting sick by eating potentially spoiled food. Check out the full infographic below that details each food item broken down by storage medium in your freezer, refrigerator, or pantry.

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The Cost of Wasted Food [Infographic]

At a time when the global economy is producing more food and making a greater profit than at any time in history, one could be forgiven for thinking that the issue of feeding the global population is yesterday’s news. However, both in the UK and across the world, we are wasting more food than ever before.

This has a huge financial cost and an even greater implication for humans, animals and the planet itself.

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