Happy Earth Day everyone! We hope you can take a moment on this day to think about what you can do, as both an individual and as part of a community, to help ensure the earth continues to remain a natural and healthy world for many years to come.
In thinking about what both of us has done over the past year, I (Carol) have begun composting regularly and meal planning for the week on Sundays. Karen has reduced her waste by 10%, and she did that by buying less, meal planning, and using the Debbie Meyer green bags (she loves them SO much, she should be a spokesman for them! http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-Meyer-GreenBags-Freshness-Preserving-5127799/dp/B00I4V1U06). She estimates that she saved $1200 last year. That’s a great vacation right there!
As part of Earth Week this week, I participated in my first Twitter chat on Monday and it was focused on food waste (wonderfully set up and moderated by Green is Universal, @GreenIsUni). Let me just say that it was INTENSE! Holy cow! But I learned so much and have some great information that I wanted to pass along to you. Below are some of the links:
1. What exactly can you compost and Bone Broth (which I’ve heard so much about lately and have wanted to make). Both from Ecocentric:
2. A great use for leftover apple scraps from that apple pie you might have just made: Apple Scrap Vinegar! (courtesy of Anne-Marie Bonneau, the @ZeroWasteChef):
3. 10 things to do with stale bread:
And we just thought this was the cutest!
I also found a few cool new apps to that you might want to take a look at. FoodKeeper is from the USDA and Cornell University and will tell you how long an item from the supermarket will keep in the refrigerator or freezer. Fresh Food helps you find farmers markets that are closest to you.
And finally, here are few points I learned from Green is Universal on twitter these past few days:
1. More than 6 billion lbs of fresh produce go unharvested or unsold each year.
2. Food waste is the single largest component of solid waste reaching landfills & incinerators in the U.S.
3. Eggs are actually safe to eat 3-5 weeks after the date on the carton.
4. We throw out more food than plastic, paper, metal or glass.
Enjoy Every Bite everyone!
Carol & Karen