Friday, January 21, 2011

Green listed

The other day I blogged about my brief vacation into minimalism and suggested that before you make a purchase, list what you have and carefully consider if you really need to buy the item. To buy less is to green more, usually. Every time you don't purchase something you are saving resources.

After publishing that post, a friend of mine sent me a link to another kind of list, this time to see what people really need to be packing around on a daily basis, and what is superfluous stuff.

So now I'm thinking...all this awareness list-making, where can I take it next?

As a dovetail to My Plastic Free Life's "Show Us Your Plastic Trash" challenge on awareness raising, I have a new kind of list to try:

Keep a piece of paper in your kitchen. Every time you throw away, or even compost food waste, jot it down. I'm thinking the ends and stems of things probably don't count for this challenge. But if it's something you could have eaten, but didn't, something that wilted, molded, rotted, soured, or just got tossed, write it down. Take a picture even, if it moves you. But make a list of all the food you wasted in a week, things you scraped off plates, forgot in the back of the fridge, whatever.
Image credit: Word of Mouth Blog

Don't cheat this week either. Don't leave nasty things lurking in the fridge or pantry just so you don't have to list them. Clean out all that waste. Got leftovers in the fridge that are no longer fit for human consumption? Are you sprouting a mold farm in your Tupperware? Clean it out. Write it down. Take a long, honest look at the food you're wasting.

Do this for a week, share it if you want. I'll link to any of you bloggers next week if you blog about it, just let me know. After looking at my food waste for a week, I'm going to take a good hard look at our eating habits, and our grocery shopping. Because if we aren't using it, why on earth would I buy it?

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  1. I just found you via the hop. :) ~Laura

  2. uggggg.... food waste is SUCH a pet peeve of mine! My kiddo is NOT getting the picture about it either. In fact, yesterday she bought hot lunch instead of eating the lunch I packed for her!!!

  3. We battle food waste pretty hard core in this family. Sometimes we excel at keeping it down, but it's only a matter of time until our dedication falls by the wayside. I have found that it helps to keep a clean fridge.. it's easy to see what kind of food there is to be eaten when it's not full of food of questionable safety.. lol

    Stopping by from the Green Mama Blog Hop!

  4. You know, I've found that cleanliness in general really helps with keeping waste down. I am by nature a very messy person, but I'm slowly learning that when the laundry and dishes are done, and when my spaces are clean, I'm happier, I know where things are (meaning I buy fewer duplicates and replacements) and in general we're less wasteful. I hate cleaning, but it really does help us live more sustainably.