Do your part to save the planet!
Today is America Recycles Day, which is a cause near and dear to our hearts here at Bentology. Our mission is to help families improve lunchtime nutrition while reducing waste. Our bento lunchboxes help to cut down on the excessive packaging and wasteful single-use containers that usually fill the trash cans at schools.
Uneaten leftovers, spoiled produce and unused parts of fruits and vegetables are the most common forms of food waste. Of all the food we throw away, 95 percent ends up in landfills or combustion facilities.
Use these tips to help reduce your waste and recycle more:
- Try not to go overboard when you go food shopping. You should try to go more times for fewer ingredients, but if this isn’t possible, plan out your meals for the week in detail and stick to your list.
- Make sure you’re storing food in the right places. For example, foods like tomatoes, potatoes, and onions should not be kept in the fridge. Cheese, eggs, milk and meat should always be kept in the fridge. There are some in-between foods, like bananas, apples and bread that can be stored in or outside of the fridge.
- If you buy food in bulk and then realize you won’t be able to use it all before it expires, don’t throw it out just yet! Chances are that the food banks or soup kitchens in your area can put that food to good use.
- Find out what you can and can’t recycle. Your town’s public works department can help you with this as well. Then, have your family help make a list of what you plan on recycling and include photos for a quick reference.
- Make a recycling station in your home, with different bins for each different item you plan on recycling. If you’re putting the station somewhere hidden, like in your garage, place your recycling list right by your garbage cans as a quick reminder!
- Use vegetable and meat scraps for soups or stews. If you don’t want to make it right away, freeze the scraps for easy add-ins later.
- When you notice foods are getting older and you don’t think you’ll be able to use them in time, freeze them! You can keep frozen fruits and vegetables for up to a year, poultry for six to nine months, fish for three to six months, and ground meat for three to four months.
- Try composting. Instead of throwing away all your food scraps, you can turn them into rich fertilizer for your garden.
How do you celebrate America Recycles Day?