CBS News reports that the average American wastes approximately one pound of food a day. Minna Lee (@livingminnaly) told us a similar figure. “The average person throws away 290lb of food per year,” she says. When those portions reach their final destinations (read: landfills), those 290-365 lbs of food rot, and release methane. “Methane is a strong greenhouse gas, which is 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide,” Minna continues before spelling it out.“AKA, [throwing away food] adds to our carbon footprint.” Her solution - compost! “In case your city doesn’t provide a bin for you, just search online for the closest drop off location,” says Natasha Halesworth, founder of The Consistency a Project (@theconsistencyproject). It’s something that anyone can do, anywhere. “Even if it’s in your own freezer,” says Remy, a holistic nutritionist in NYC. “You’ll find yourself garbage cans are odor free,” she adds. Win/Win.
3. Eat More Plants, Less Meat:
“By reducing our meat consumption and eating more plant based meals we can reduce our footprint* and eat healthier. Even replacing 1 meal a day with a plant based alternative has a huge impact,” says Monica, a vegan.