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A Guide to Food Waste [Infographic]

A Guide to Food Waste [Infographic] | ecogreenlove

A Guide to Food Waste [Infographic] | ecogreenlove

Brough to you by Fix.com

In 2010, around one-third of the food produced in the United States was not consumed, and ended up being wasted. That is a troubling statistic, and represents a food waste crisis that if left ignored will continue to burn holes in the pockets of families, and contribute to waste and the myriad problems it causes our planet.

One of the first things you can do to cut food waste in your home is to stop treating the “best-before,” “use-by,” and “sell-by” labels as gospel that determine when food must instantly been thrown out. These labels are used for shelving and inventory purposes in stores, and you should always trust your eyes and nose before you trust a number on a package. Consider using food rather than throwing it out, unless your senses tell you otherwise!

Make your meal plans and take stock of what you have in your fridge and pantry before you go shopping, and shop accordingly. Consider joining a CSA to take advantage of freshness, and buy your groceries a few times a week and when needed, rather than all at once.

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Learn to Store Electronics, Medication, and Other Items Properly

Originally Published on Next Door Self Storage

Everyone is need of storing items at one point or another, but do you know what to put it in or at what temp you should try and keep it? This infographic from Next Door Self Storage gives you the rundown on storing anything from food to electronics.

Many of us assume that a lot of things can just be tossed in a box or plastic container and it will be alright, but things like beauty products and medication require more particular instructions. It’s important to take things like necessary insulation into consideration, and be aware of what the chances are something might break or get disfigured. Don’t get caught ruining your items when you think you’re putting them away for safekeeping.

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Eco-Friendly Tips for a Tidy Home

A few tips can help you avoid many chemicals, non-biodegradable plastic tools, and energy-sucking appliances—and it’s easier than you might think. Here are ideas, tricks, and recipes to help your family begin a greener cleaning routine.

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Regular dust busting and de-greasing are important to any well-maintained home. But it’s also critical to keep your home as eco-friendly as possible. With hundreds of brands and products in the supermarket and big box stores, it may feel like an impossible task to navigate.

Why is having a greener cleaning routine important? Chemical and toxins found in cleaning supplies have been linked to cancer, asthma, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and irritation, and accidental burns and poisonings. A home that’s free of these chemicals in one more step you can take to keeping your family safe.

Eat by Date – How long does Food last?

IMG from “Food expired? Don’t be so quick to toss it” by Alexandra Sifferlin on TIME.com

It may come as a shock, but printed food dates are not federally regulated and do not refer to food safety. Thus, it is usually safe to eat your “expired” food after its printed date has passed. This article helps you determine what’s in a “use by”, “best before”, “best by” or “sell by” date to help you break away from the food date myth. Utilize the shelf life resource and stop throwing out perfectly good food.

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