52 Weeks, 52 Challenges: Week 5

Waves Of Change, For Our Oceans

For 52 weeks, we will be introducing a new challenge to better the environment each week. A new goal will be set forth to add on to the previous weeks goal and after one year, you will have 52 lifestyle changes that will better the environment.

Everyone starts a new year with a resolution. But at Sea Voice News, we want everyone’s year to be much bigger than one resolution. Picture this as a snowball rolling down a mountain. At the top, it’s one small singular snowball. But as it starts rolling down the mountain, it adds more and more snow till it becomes massive. Week 1 is the top of the mountain and week 52 is the bottom. By the time we all reach week 52, our snowball will be one big change in the way we live our lives. It will be a real change to fighting the negative impact humans have on the environment.

Each week, our new goal will give us a chance to make a significant impact on the environment while not having to change our lifestyles too much. The reality of our society is that it does not take a lot to make an impact. This challenge will give you the opportunity to set weekly goals and continue to build on the them throughout the year.

So without further ado, introducing the goal for week 4….

Reduce your food waste!

A balance that many are continuing to fight is trying to reduce food waste. Food waste is generally a issue that occurs in most developed countries such as the United States. It refers to situations when food makes it to the end of the food supply chain but still doesn’t get consumed. Currently, one third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally. That’s about 1.3 billion tons of non-worthy edibles per year, and less than a quarter of it could solve our world hunger problem.

All those groceries in the trash add up to almost $165 billion lost annually, not to mention the food  that’s thrown away during the growing process.  As well, food is very expensive to produce and valuable resources such as water, land, and energy are wasted when we are throwing away food.

The reality of our waste problem is grim but there is good news. If you make a few simple life style changes, you can start making a difference today in food waste reduction.  Below we have put together a list of ways you can start reducing food waste immediately. Pick one or try jump in to try all!

Shop smart-Reevaluating the way we shop is the easiest way for us to reduce food and save money. By planning meals, using grocery lists, and avoiding impulse buys as often as possible, we can start saving the amount of food thrown away. Perishables are always the trickiest so before you buy more, have a specific place where you store them and make sure to use all perishables before purchasing more

Shop full- When we go to the grocery store hungry, we are much more likely to purchase too much and things we typically would not.  When we go the grocery store full, we are much more realistic about what we need and bonus, you are much more likely to purchase healthy food.

Have a plan for leftovers-For most families, dinners or large lunches will result in leftovers in the fridge and very often, these leftovers are forgotten about. The unfortunate thing is that those leftovers can help you save so much money every year by taking them to work for lunch, planning a leftover dinner night, or sneaking into the fridge for a late night snack.

Practice FIFO-Groceries stores save millions of dollars a year by practicing first in, first out. When you are unpacking your groceries, make sure the new stuff is pushed to the back, while previous bought items are brought to the front.

Keep a list of everything you throw away-Begin by taking a notebook and establishing a spot in the kitchen for it. Next, spend a few minutes each week writing down all food waste you throw away. By writing down everything, it becomes much more apparent of how much waste we go through every week and allows us to learn where we can specifically save.

Store better-If you regularly throw away chips/cereal/crackers/etc, try storing them in airtight containers. This will help keep them better longer.

Preserve produce. Just because your produce is reaching the end of its peak doesn’t mean you have to throw them away. Soft fruit can be used in smoothies, wilting vegetables can be used in soups,  and both wilting fruits and veggies can be turned into delicious, healthy juices.

Donate what you won’t use-When you are checking your cabinets weekly, try and identify anything that you will not use. Food and soup kitchens are always looking for donations so you can put that food to good use by donating it prior to it expiring.

Compost it- Almost all kitchens will have a few scraps of fruit or veggies thrown out. Instead of throwing it out, just start a compost pile your backyard or even under the sink, and convert food waste into a useful resource.

Freeze It!-Freezing food is one of the best ways to save and add shelf life to your food. Whether it is meat,  produce, or bread, the freezer will help you save money and reduce the amount thrown away every year!

The decisions you make daily will help you save. Take a few moments every week to reevaluate what is in your cabinet and fridge to start making a difference in your life today!

Check out our weekly goals from weeks 1-4 and see what lifestyle changes you can make to help our ocean and environment!

Week 1: Go Straw Free!

Week 2: Pick Up One Piece Of Trash Per Day!

Week 3: Stop Using Single Use Coffee Cups

Week 4: Replace Plastic Bags With Reusable

Comment below and let us know the change you will be making!

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