Saturday, February 28, 2009

Carbon Fast for Lent: Love Food, Hate Waste

“Look at what food you throw away this week.Aim to reduce it by a third by eating leftovers and shopping more carefully — using a list and planning your meals.”

This year’s Carbon Fast for Lent is also very cost conscious — I’m not sure if this is intentional, but it’s certainly timely! I typically assume food trash isn’t “bad” trash because it isn’t plastic, right? But It turns out that food dumped into landfills creates literally tons of methane gas, which contributes to global warming and climate change (on top of costing money).

The UK site Love Food, Hate Waste estimates that one-third of the food consumers purchase ends up in landfills. They offer tips and ideas on everything from shopping to making yummy use of leftovers. And check out their Resources page for a food waste diary to see how much you’ve really been throwing away each week and chart your progress.

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