10 Waste-Free New Year's Resolutions

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New Year’s is approaching, and with a new year comes the opportunity to try new things. As you’re pondering potential New Year’s resolutions, take a moment and consider a change, commitment or new project that could help reduce waste. You will benefit, and so will the planet.

1. Cut Back on Food Waste

food scraps, produce
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Barbecue, foil, grill
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furniture, donate
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recycling bin, recyclables

One of the biggest contributors to landfills is food waste. Americans currently waste 40% of our annual food supply every year, and 39% of them feel guilty about it.

If you feel bad about food waste, there are plenty of ways you could resolve to reduce it in the new year. You could start with meal planning to make sure you’re not over-buying and then store food properly to ensure leftovers don’t go bad. Simple steps like these can make a big difference when it comes time to clean out your fridge.

If you’re looking to get a little more creative about food waste, you could try growing some of your own food so you can pick it when you need it. You could also learn how to start composting at home, which could significantly reduce the food scraps you throw away. Interested in traditional food preservation methods? Consider learning to preserve food you so you can enjoy produce items well beyond their seasons.

For more tips, check out Earth911′s guide to Reduce Food Waste in Five Easy Steps.

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