At Mercer Foods, we believe we have a responsibility as stewards to our planet. Join us for the first of a three-part Sustainable Saturday series, where we dive deep into a classic phrase: “Reduce, reuse, recycle.”
At first glance, this catchy saying seems simple. Remember though, the actions are listed in order of importance. Reducing the amount of things we waste is very important. It is difficult, but it can be done, and there are ways to keep quality of life high while treating the Earth right too. Here are a few ways to reduce your household waste.
Change your meal plan to reduce waste
Many Americans head to the store and purchase significant amounts of food, hoping to ward off frequent trips to the grocery store. We waste 14–25 percent of food and beverages we buy. That is literally tons of food, and it adds up — around $165 billion dollars in waste every year.
Instead of buying food to last for two weeks, only purchase a week’s worth of fresh food and stock up on foods with a long shelf life. If you are worried about stocking up on produce, opt for freeze-dried and other types of naturally preserved foods to avoid spoilage.
Freeze-dried is a great option because it allows for food to be stored for a very long time, and it also allows food to be harvested and preserved in-season. There’s no requirement to use all of it right away for fear of it growing mold or spoiling. It can save money, and be helpful for the environment.
Reflect, reflect, reflect
One of the most important takeaways from the first of the triple-R mantra is this: Consider purchases before you make them and eliminate wasteful consumption. Be mindful of impulse items and only stockpile items that don’t spoil.
Look for other ways to reduce
While reduce, reuse, recycle is typically referring to product consumption, further the mission by looking for other places to reduce consumption. Reduce the use of refrigeration when possible, conserve power by turning off lights when not present and unplugging unused electronics, and consider carpooling or public transportation.
If you’d like to find out more about Mercer Food’s sustainability mission, as well as our products, head over to our website. And share any sustainability tips and tricks with us on Twitter or Facebook.