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See how much food (and money) you are really throwing away every week by measuring (by volume or weight) your edible and preventable food waste for six weeks. That may seem like a pain, but the U.S. EPA found that it’s hard to achieve food waste reduction if you don’t actually measure how much you are throwing away and identify why you couldn’t eat what you bought. Those who participated in this challenge noted it had a big impact on their shopping and cooking plans and helped them reduce wasted food.
We all do it—shop for home-cooked meals and then opt to dine out or do take-out instead. To reduce food waste, be realistic about how many meals you will actually cook at home.
Food waste often occurs because we are improperly storing our fruits and vegetables. Many fruits give off natural gases that hasten the spoilage of other nearby produce, and it’s helpful to know which items should be stored inside and outside the fridge to maximize shelf life.
One of the biggest reasons people don’t eat what they buy is that their cooking time is limited on weeknights. Taking a few moments to prepare your food after purchasing it will make it easier to whip up meals later.
Sometimes our own refrigerators are so full that it’s difficult to clearly identify foods that should be eaten first. Counteract this by managing your fridge more efficiently and designating a space for foods that should be eaten relatively soon.Posted on In the Loop by Christina Files on Dec 13, 2018
Household waste generally increases during the holidays. Here's how you can prevent that!Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Nov 15, 2018
Wrap your candy in beeswax cloth wrap and reuse it for leftovers or a pack lunch
CalRecycle’s Social Committee and Zero Waste team have joined forces for a Zero Waste Halloween by using reusable packaging and buying candy in bulk to make “Boo Grams” for their co-workers and friends. You can make them, too!
This year’s CalRecycle “Boo Grams” come in either a reusable mason jar or homemade beeswax cloth wrap. Beeswax cloth wraps are an alternative to plastic wrap. They are designed to store food or to wrap treats.
You can buy reusable beeswax wraps, but, it turns out, making your own is a fun and easy DIY project! I attended a workshop at the Ecology Center in Berkeley to learn how. Read on to learn how to “bee” on your way to a Zero Waste Halloween!
How to make your own beeswax cloth wrap
- Unbleached cotton muslin from a fabric store
- Beeswax (Here are some places in Sacramento where you can get it: https://www.sacramentobeekeeping.com/ and https://www.thebeebx.com/pure-natural-beeswax-sacramento
- Ironing board
- Scissors/pinking shears
- Parchment paper
- Cheese grater (You’ll need a cheese grater if you buy the beeswax in block form. Alternatively, you can buy beeswax pellets that are ready to use.)
- Cut the fabric to your desired size.
- Use the cheese grater to grate the beeswax. If you have the pellets, skip this step.
- Place the fabric on the ironing board with a piece of parchment paper underneath and on top.
- Spread a handful of beeswax on the cloth. (Note: Less is more!)
- Use the iron to melt the beeswax onto the cloth. Add more beeswax, if necessary, to areas on the cloth with no wax.
- Use pinking shears to trim the edges.
- Voila! Enjoy your DIY beeswax wrap!
How to care for your beeswax wrap
Use your beeswax wrap to wrap sandwiches, cheeses, or produce, or to cover a bowl!
Posted on In the Loop by Angela Vincent on Oct 29, 2018
- Wash with cool water and gentle soap. Let dry.
- Use the warmth of your hands to flatten it out for storage.
- To store, use the warmth of your hands to flatten it.
- Not recommend for use with raw meat.