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Opt to Act - Simple Action #48: Attempt to create zero food waste this week.

Join REI in making the fight for a life outdoors part of your life with the Opt to Act Plan - 52 weeks of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active, and leave the world better than you found it. Full details can be found here.

Week 48: Attempt to create zero food waste this week.

Food waste makes up 22 percent of the solid waste in U.S. landfills and it can take years to break down because there’s not usually enough air in landfills to aid in food decomposition. And according to the USDA, 30 to 40 percent of the food we produce in the U.S. often goes uneaten. Your challenge for the week is to stop contributing to those food waste numbers; use every bit of food you have in your fridge and pantry before it goes bad. The Zero Waste Chef has some great tips for accomplishing this, including cooking a clear-out-your-pantry dish (which means not buying any new ingredients) and storing leftovers in glass jars. Before you shop, take stock of what you have on hand so you don’t buy something that might go bad later on, and consider meal planning. You can also preserve or freeze foods that are about to spoil.

Take part: Oct. 25–31, 2020

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Excellent reminder.  We typically are pretty good at this at our house, no leftover will go uneaten, but there is one weakness.  I find that we do not eat berries, salads (greens), and other fresh fruits/veggies fast enough aside from long shelf life items like potatoes, onions, apples, and bananas.  We tried going to the supermarket twice a week and eating the fresh item only over two days, but still have some spoilage.  Anyone have any tips on these?  I have read of different containers that are supposed to preserve the life of fresh items, but uncertain if they work.

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Hi @Diesseldorf - Love that no leftovers go uneaten! I'm not an expert, but for berries and most other fruits, we make sure to keep them in the original containers and store them in the crisper drawer, which tends to give them a few extra days beyond just throwing them in wherever. If we buy a lot of berries, we keep some fresh and then will freeze the others to use in smoothies, bread and the likes!

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.