Green Tip

Studies estimate that as much as one third of the world’s food—about 1.3 billion tons—is wasted each year. That means that the water to grow it and the fuel to ship it are squandered, and the food that ends up in landfills breaks down into methane, one of the largest contributors to global warming. Become more conscious of the food you are consuming—and wasting—by considering the following tips.

  1. Fruits and vegetables are the most common waste, followed by dairy products and bread. Meat comes in third but has a huge impact in terms of the resources used to produce it. Start a journal to monitor how much of these products you actually use in a week, then purchase accordingly.
  2. Do a “waste audit.” Keep track of how much you’re throwing away each week and make additional adjustments to your shopping list.
  3. When you see that you may not use up all of what you bought before it goes bad, consider freezing what you can. Many fruits can be frozen and either eaten as is when thawed or used in desserts. Frozen vegetables can be used in soups and casseroles. Bread that has been frozen may be a bit drier but toss it into the toaster for a couple of minutes and you won’t notice the difference.
  4. You don’t need to consider expiration dates too rigidly. They are not federally regulated and usually indicate the date by which the producer is certain the product will be at the height of its quality. After that date, there may be slight changes in taste, color or texture. The product won’t instantly go bad the day after the expiration date, so use your best judgment.
  5. Be realistic in meal planning. As you stroll down the attractively arranged aisles, you may feel inspired to make lots of home-cooked goodies for your family. Slow down a moment and ask yourself how much time you’re really going to have to cook and how many meals your busy family will have time to eat at home, especially if you have children very active in school activities.

It’s all about becoming conscious of what you actually consume, and that consciousness will likely also pay dividends to your food budget!

Green Tip

Spring cleaning provides a great opportunity to declutter your life. Whether cleaning out a closet, basement, garage, or shed, use these four categories to decide what to do with each item.

  • Keep it. If you have used it in the last year, you’ll probably use it again. And even if there is a newer model or style out since you bought it, why replace something that still gets the job done?
  • Donate it.  If you really don’t use or wear it, but it is still in good shape, it’s entirely possible that someone else would love to have it. Ask family and friends if they could use it, or donate it to a local nonprofit, homeless shelter, or other organization that might put it to good use.
  • Recycle it.  Mail, magazines, and books are all recyclable, as are plastics and glass. Become familiar with recycling policies and drop-off locations and drop your stuff off to be made into something brand new!
  • Trash it.  There will still be some stuff that simply has no future or further use, and will be destined for the landfill. Once you have carefully considered the options above, you won’t have that much stuff to take to the landfill, and you won’t feel quite as guilty leaving it there.

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Green Tip

Nothing says “summer” like burying your toes in a lush green lawn and breathing in the scent of freshly mown grass. While there is no getting around the fact that beautiful lawns require a lot of water, there are some things you can do to minimize the impact on the environment – and on your wallet.  First, choose a type of grass that is suited to your climate, including the amount of sunlight and rain your area gets. Then over-seed your lawn in the fall by spreading seeds on top of the existing lawn. Contact your local County Extension Service for advice on which grasses will grow best where you live.