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This Thursday is Thanksgiving! Chances are you will have a lot of leftovers after your family feast. There’s a lot of extra food in American houses between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day–an extra 5 million tons!
What can you do to cut down on food waste this holiday season? Here are some tips from Nourishing the Planet on how your family can cut back.
Make a List
Create a shopping list of all the items you will need for holiday meals and stick to it.
Take Smaller Portions
Use a smaller plate to help you take smaller portions of food at mealtimes. That way you’re less likely to have leftovers on your plate.
Store Leftovers Safely
Proper storage of leftovers keeps them safe to eat for longer. Food that hasn’t been served properly have to be tossed.
Instead of throwing out food scraps, add them to your compost heap.
If you have extra (unopened) dried or canned foods, donate them to food banks or shelters.
Photograph by Tyrone Turner
After you’ve enjoyed your turkey and all the fixings this Thanksgiving, play a computer game to help the hungry around the world. Play Freerice, an online vocabulary game. For every correct answer, ten grains of rice will be donated to the World Food Programme. Play with your family and friends, and you can donate a whole bowl in no time!
Sixty-six million primary school-age children around the world go to school hungry every day. The World Food Programme provides meals to 22 million children at school. Since its launch in 2007, Freerice has earned enough rice to feed 4.2 million people for a day.
Image courtesy of the World Food Programme
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, so why not show the Earth some gratitude this year? Prepare an eco-friendly feast that even Mother Nature would be proud of. Here are some small things you can do to make a difference.
Bring Your Own Bag
Shop for the holidays with a reusable fabric bag. You’ll help reduce millions of plastic bags that make their way to landfills, waterways, and oceans each year.
Turn Down The Heat
With all the heat produced from cooking a giant feast, your house will be warmer than usual. Turn down the thermostat at least two degrees.
Let’s Talk Turkey
The big meal is over, so what will you do with all the leftover turkey? Don’t let it go to waste. Using the extra meat, make a delicious soup you can gobble down for several days.
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