Cash In The Trash

July 17, 2018

A core principal of Sustainability is the reduction and, where possible, the elimination of waste. One of the easiest 1Things you can do is make yourself a promise to waste less food. It’s estimated that about half of all the produce raised in America goes to waste. Half. Let that sink in for a moment.

Then again, it’s produce. It’s a ticking clock the minute it comes out of the ground or comes off the vine. So what the heck can you do? Based on a little discovery here at 1Thing HQ, here’s some real-world solutions for keeping your food fresher longer.

  1. Hit your local farmers market. Why? It’s a good bet that most everything from the farmers market was picked that morning. That’s more than you can say for your local grocery store. The fresher you buy it, the longer it will last for you.
  2. Invest in smart short-term storage. Science has given us some very interesting solutions to the problem of produce going bad so fast. There are a host of “fresher longer” products on the market that come in the form of plastic bags and storage containers that are made in such a way that they absorb the ethylene gas that fruits and vegetables emit as they ripen. Do a search for “green” bags and containers and you’ll find a bunch of solutions. They also make little devices that sit inside your fridge and do the same thing.
  3.  Get the air out. It’s sad how much food goes to waste in our freezers. Freezer burn is the villain here. Unless you’re storing things in your freezer properly, freezer burn starts killing your food within 72 hours. The solution is a vacuum sealer. There’s a lot to choose from, so no matter what your budget, you can start saving money and reducing waste today. Estimates are that a family of four can save up to $3,000 or more every year. That means the vacuum sealers will literally pay for themselves well within the first month that you use it!

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Once you start searching, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to minimize the amount of food that winds up being “cash in the trash.” It’s an easy 1Thing to do!