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Brit Hazon: Reduce Food Waste

Commit to reduce food waste.

To help you on your journey we have six actions you can take that make a real difference. We invite you to choose 1, 2, or 3 of these for your six-week commitment. Shortly after you sign up, you will receive a welcome email to help you get started. Meanwhile, you can view and download this tip sheet that includes these actions and resources to support you in taking them.

Trust Your Senses

Sell by/Best by/Use by dates are not legislated, have no oversight, and are not standardized (except on baby formula). Hence, these dates do not mean that food is yucky or unsafe after the date. Learn to use your eyes, nose, and mouth to determine if food is safe and tasty and stop throwing food out just because of the date.

Eat Me First

Create an “eat me first” shelf in your fridge and keep on it food that needs to be eaten in the next two days. Then, plan your meals around what’s on that shelf first.

Audit

Conduct a home food waste audit and actually measure how much food you are wasting.

The Freezer is Your Friend

Whether it’s leftovers you just can’t bring yourself to have one more serving of right now, or food you just aren’t going to get to eat before it goes bad, freeze it! Not everything will return to its original glory, but frozen bread makes great toast, frozen fruit is perfect in smoothies, frozen veggies are delicious when tossed into pasta dishes and soups.

Feed People, Not Landfills

If you regularly have a surplus of larger quantities of food from large events, or through your workplace or synagogue, find a local food bank or other food rescue partner that can share the leftovers with people in need. Or, simply offer up your goodies to friends and neighbors.

Compost

Compost the food waste that you do create. Options vary depending on what services are available in your area, but there’s almost always a way to do it. Research what’s possible for you and implement it.

Create Your Own

Create your own specific and measurable action for using less stuff.

IF YOU’RE READY TO COMMIT TO REDUCING FOOD WASTE FOR SIX WEEKS, FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW. IF, INSTEAD, YOU’D LIKE TO CHECK OUT THE OTHER COMMITMENTS, HIT YOUR BACK BUTTON OR CLICK HERE.

 

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