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by Terri Bennett Do You Have a Trashy Kitchen?


this time of year. In fact, each person in your home creates about four pounds of trash a day and most of it comes from the kitchen. A few simple solutions will make all the difference when it comes to creat- ing less waste. I’ll show you how to Do Your Part to trash less and save money at the same time.Let’s start with what you bring into the kitchen. Reusable bags are a must. Get yourself a bunch of different sizes and you’re set for any shopping trip. But, you also need to think about waste as you shop. Anything packaged in single sized servings flat out costs more so opt for buying in bulk when you can. You can make your own individual portions by us- ing small, reusable containers.


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Also, buy items that come in easy to re- cycle packaging that you can toss into the recycling bin when you’re done. Now, the absolute biggest source of trash is food. It’s astonishing to think that 30 percent of the food we buy, we throw away. The easiest thing to do is to save


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he kitchen may be the heart of the home but it’s also the biggest trash generator in your house – especially


those leftovers. Keeping them for a snack or lunch, freezing larger portions, or using them in a different recipe is the way to go. Look at the bottom of this post for specific informa- tion on how to waste less food and preserve foods throughout the year. Finally, don’t for- get that composting unwanted leftovers will create free fertilizer for your lawn and garden.


Then, there are the one-use items that get trashed. Save money by using reusable clothes and rags instead of pricey paper towels. Choose cloth napkins instead of paper ones. And, put an end to dispos- able plastic water bottles and invest in a few reusable ones. These days, there are even reusable silicon covers that are an excellent alternative to one-use plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Adding a few sim- ple changes to your kitchen routine will help you Do Your Part to create less trash and keep more money in your pocket. ●


Terri Bennett A veteran TV meteorologist, eco-expert and author of Do Your Part: A practical guide for everyday green living available at: DoYourPart.com. Send questions to terri@doyourpart.com


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