A lot of people spend a lot of money to purchase fresh produce. However, as the case turns out to be, those vegetables and fruit may end up costing you more than you had thought. Americans throw away approximately $640 worth of food every single year. That’s what the newest survey taken by the American Chemistry Council says. This is probably a low figure, however, as the government’s own figures indicate that it’s probably nearer to $900 worth of food wasted per household.
1,000 adults were surveyed the ACC and they found that just over three quarters admit to tossing their leftovers on a monthly basis. With half indicating that they throw away food every week. In addition, fifty-one percent of the surveyed say they toss food that they’ve never opened.
This may sound very wasteful – which it is, of course – if you’re eating healthily, you’re no doubt purchasing fresh veges and fruit and – unless you’re vigilant about using them – they will go bad quickly; especially if you purchase them too early.
The survey says that a great number of us – 96% – try to reduce food waste. Despite this, however, we’re still throwing away a lot of food – and money.
The question is: how you can both save money while simultaneously lessening the waste you throw out in the garbage? The easiest way to do that is to start by using those leftovers rather than discarding them. Other ways include shopping and storing smarter. On the next page are six ways you can achieve this: