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  • Tips to Cut Down Holiday Waste

    by Paula Gallagher | December 12, 2018

    About 2 months ago, we posted a blog about reducing kitchen waste, but during the holidays it seems extra hard to be environmentally minded about how much we waste. In fact, Americans use about 4 million tons of wrapping paper and gift bags and that is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of holiday waste. According to the EPA, household waste increases by more than 25% over the holidays. Food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all add up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills.

    So what can you do? Read more

  • Reducing Food Waste: Tips Toward a Zero Waste Kitchen

    by Paula Gallagher | October 23, 2018

    According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, almost 40% of the food produced and distributed in the United States never gets eaten. That works out to an estimated $160 billion in food a year. Waste disposal is also expensive and costs billions and billions annually. There are also  environmental and social consequences, such as increased greenhouse gas emissions and hunger among the less fortunate.  Add non-edible waste that is associated with food, like plastic products and food packaging, and we have a big problem.

    This is why starting at home and working toward a zero waste kitchen is important. Achieving a zero waste kitchen may seem daunting Read more

  • EWG Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2018

    by Paula Gallagher | May 15, 2018

    fruit_brighterThe Environmental Working Group (EWG) has put out its 2018 report of the most pesticide ridden produce on the market, the Dirty Dozen™. They also have a Clean Fifteen™ list with fruits and vegetables considered to contain the least amounts of pesticide residue.

    Strawberries nabbed the top spot on the Dirty Dozen list, for the third year in a row. USDA tests found that strawberries are the fresh produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, even after they are picked, rinsed in the field and washed before eating. They found that a single sample of strawberries showed 20 different pesticides. Read more

  • What's In Your Water?

    by Paula Gallagher | March 19, 2018

    bottled-waterThe World Health Organization (WHO) is planning a review of the potential risks of plastic in bottled drinking water after researchers uncovered particles in many major brands. Currently, there is no research to show that microplastics can undermine health, but the WHO says it wants to find out if a lifetime of ingesting these tiny particles might have an effect.

    The review comes after a study that screened more than 250 bottles of water from 11 different brands in 9 countries. They found that more than 90% contained tiny pieces of plastics and on average there were 325 pieces of plastics per liter. Read more

  • National Nutrition Month: Go Further With Food

    by Paula Gallagher | March 7, 2018

    canned-tomatoesIt is National Nutrition Month and this year's theme "Go Further Food" was chosen because what you eat and how you eat can make a huge difference. Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, choosing the right foods can make you go further! The theme also has an environmental perspective. Preparing foods to go further at home and within the community can have a positive impact by helping reduce food loss and waste.

    So what can you do? Many Americans, when asked, put eating healthy and getting healthy at the top of their list of priorities. Read more

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