December 18, 2009

Food Waste Friday

I'm very happy to report that we have no food waste this week!

Our refrigerator is packed with fresh produce from the CSA however, so I have to make a big batch of soup to use some of it up. That will be good to have around during the busyness of holiday preparations.

I've been watching our food waste this year in an effort to keep it out of the landfill. One statistic from Wasted Food is that Americans throw away up to 40 percent of the food that we buy. That's a lot of food waste creating CO2 and causing pollution! Not to mention, it's money down the drain.

Kristen at The Frugal Girl came up with the idea of photographing her waste each week in order to pay more attention to it, and the tactic worked so well for her that she invited others to join in. For me personally, the photo keeps me focused on the issue and has definitely helped us to waste less food.

How did you do this week? Please leave your tips and advice in the Comments section.

I still have two more holiday posts to fit in today and tomorrow, one about my green gift wrapping style, and the other about our holiday tree. So I'll be back later today with one of those depending on what kind of photos I can get from my dying camera.


The Non-Consumer Advocate said...


I'm pretty sure that the 40% food waste statistic includes waste at the farm, waste during transportation and waste from the vendor.

Thanks for keep us on all on our toes.

Katy Wolk-Stanley
"Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without."

Angela said...

Thanks Katy! I'll check that out- I'm sure that's right. I don't want to be playing fast and loose with the statistics!

nonconsumer said...

"Playing fast and loose" is your other blog. ;-)