Reduce Kitchen Waste: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, reuse, recycle. You've heard those three words together for many years, but now it's time to put them into practice. Americans throw out 40% of their food, which is much too high. Here's a few suggestions about how to reduce your household waste.

Reduce packaging by shopping in bulk. Many stores, including Whole Foods and your local food co-op have ingredients in bulk containers. You can find cereal, grains, spices, nuts, and dried beans, among other foods in these containers. Bring your own resuable container when you shop, and you'll be surprised to see how much less you throw out each week.

Reuse packaging such as sturdy takeout containers for bulk gorcery items, and resuse plastic and paper bags to carry your groceries. Single-source packaging is best for recycling. Instead of mixed-source containers, a plastic only, aluminum only, or paper only container is best.

Check back next week for suggestions to make the most of your grocery day.