NYC wasted almost 600,000 tons of food scraps(1) in 2013(1). That’s over 23 times the weight of the Statue of Liberty and the pedestal it sits on! We can all save a lot of money — not to mention the planet — if we put in a little effort to change the way we think about food. Here are 7 tips to get started:
1. Avoid impulse purchases. Don’t buy any food that you don’t have plans to eat right away.
3. Ordered too much at dinner? Ask for a doggie bag — and don’t forget to take the bread home, too! Better yet, bring your own zipper bag or collapsible rigid container. Make it easy for guests at weddings and other events to bring home leftovers. Or donate them to City Harvest and other food rescue groups. (Donate flowers to Repeat Roses.)
5. Makeover the leftovers into new tasty meals with some of our favorite recipes.
6. Eat everything — including broccoli spears and carrot tops. Inspo from We Hate to Waste.
(1) This statistic is calculated from the figures provided in this DSNY document.
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