We don’t have a clean plate rule in our house. We aren’t minimalists. We recycle but don’t compost. We second-hand shop but we do it when I think to do it, not as a first step or out of a reduce/reuse philosphy. And so it goes, I try to be conscious about not wasting food but I shrug it off when we do.
In the last year, though, I’ve had a nagging feeling, a conviction if you will, about the amount of food we waste. It seems that monthly an article comes through my news on food waste. Last week, I came across an article that said that on Thanksgiving Day, we would waste nearly $300 million worth of food! And that was when I knew I needed to do my part to be a conscientiousness consumer and reduce food waste for my family.
I want to be conscious about what food I throw out
I want to make a serious effort to not waste food
I want to save money by not letting food go bad
I want to save money by not purchasing more than we need
I want to expand my knowledge on using food scraps
I want to help my family understand why I am embarking on this challenge
I’ve spent the last week mulling all this around–how I want to do it, my guidelines, what usually gets thrown out, etc. I know about myself that if I try to have strict rules, I will not stick with it. Some people have a need for rigid rules for themselves. I am definitely not one of those people!
Guidelines I’m setting for myself:
1. Crumbs, food left on a plate after a meal or other small amounts of food will be discarded without guilt.
2. Things we think of typically as inedible like banana peels, egg shells, used coffee grounds, seeds, etc. will be discarded without guilt.
3. Only after giving serious research for a way to use up something and not finding practical (for me) results will I let myself throw out other food.
4. I will try to bring the rest of the family along but if they throw something out, I’m not going to dig through the trash to weigh it.
5. Anything else I throw out will be weighed and tallied.
6. & 7. Saving space for guidelines I may find I need as I go along.
I hope to go from this month until the end of 2017. We will see if I stick with it that long! My plan is to share monthly updates on how we did, what food I would have normally thrown out & how I used it and an occasional recipe for food that may otherwise go to waste