Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Glad in conjunction with their #SAVEITSUNDAY program. With #SAVEITSUNDAY, Glad hopes to educate the public about the consequences of food waste, and I am proud they’ve asked me to be a part of the program. I am being compensated to share my #SAVEITSUNDAY experiences; all opinions are 100% my own.

Food waste is a huge issue around the world: here in the US, the average family throws away at least 25% of the food and beverages they buy each year. Food waste has potentially devastating environmental consequences: food represents the single largest component of municipal solid waste reaching landfills. Food waste eventually converts to methane, a greenhouse gas implicated in global warming.

Food waste also means many of us are basically throwing away an awful lot of money. The annual cost of food waste in America is in the billions! On average, families in this country are tossing 200 pounds of food in the trash and saying “bye bye” to $1,500 per year because they don’t use everything they purchase.

Glad wants to help us get a handle on our food waste. By showing us how to change habits, such as the ways in which we wrap and store our food, the things we buy may last significantly longer and we will waste less. This will allow us to help preserve the environment AND save our hard-earned cash.

I readily admit that I am no “pro” when it comes to addressing food waste (my fellow #SAVEITSUNDAY bloggers, Kristin and Mavis, know far more about this topic because they blog about it more regularly). In fact, I’ve always sort of relied on composting as a way to feel okay about some of the things I buy that don’t get used. Plus I have chickens, so they get plenty of stuff, too (here they are eating some organic baby greens that were past their prime).

chickens and greens

But composting and having chickens shouldn’t be an excuse for being lazy…for me not storing my food as best as I can. So I took the #SAVEITSUNDAY Pledge so I can learn how to do better in the food storage department.

My partnership with Glad means I’ll be posting monthly about my efforts to cut down on food waste in my home. This month, I’ve been focusing on bringing a recipe-driven shopping list with me every time I go to the store. When I have this type of shopping list, I am more likely to avoid buying things I won’t use. I’ve also been trying to shop every Sunday morning and I’ve been putting Glad’s food protection suggestions to use as soon as I get my food home. When you prep and protect your food as soon as you get home, it keeps fresher for longer.

glad matchware

Glad sent me a selection of their MatchWare storage containers a month or so ago and I love them: the color-coded, matching lids system is genius. (While I do employ glass for storing just about everything in my pantry, I don’t find it to be that practical for all of my refrigerator and freezer storage, and I really don’t like sending my kids’ lunches to school in glass containers. I am not willing to risk the possibility of breakage). All of Glad’s storage products are BPA-free and recyclable, and they come in a wide variety of sizes. (Please note that I do not recommend reheating food in the microwave with these or any other plastic containers…it’s better to use glass for that, or to reheat food on the stove.)

I encourage you, too, to check out SaveItSunday.com and see what you can change up in terms of how you are storing your food to cut down on food waste. I also encourage you to take the #SAVEITSUNDAY pledge: when you do, you’ll be entered to win a meal cooked for you in your home by a private chef!

One last thing: please do know that I still think composting is incredibly important. If you’re not already doing it, now’s a perfectly great time to start!

Be sure to check out what my fellow #SaveItSunday bloggers are up to:
Visit Kristin/The Frugal Girl
Visit Mavis/100 Dollars a Month

To learn more about Glad and #SaveItSunday, follow Glad on Social Media:
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Related Reading:
American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It)
Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal

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4 Comments

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    Linda — October 29, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

    Good for you! I was raised by a daughter of the Great Depression…the other one! Mom taught me, through her frugal habits, how to make the most of what one has and how to reuse, repurpose, etc. long before these became buzz words.
    Last week, a friend watched as I was preparing supper. The cut-off ends of an onion and a bunch of asparagus were placed in a freezer bag that I’ve had growing larger and larger in the freezer in preparation for a veggie stock that I’ll make as soon as it gets a little colder. She asked what I was doing, and explained. She thought it was brilliant…and weird. A lot of effort to go through when stocks are easily available from the grocery.
    So I talked her back to the time when this was not true, and even if it HAD been true, it would have been unaffordable. I also showed her the freezer bags that contain lobster tail shells, pork bones, a turkey carcass, etc. that also take up room in my freezer and which will all become various soups in the near future. I sent her home with one of my bags of frozen veggie ends.
    Keep up the good work!

    • Winnie replied: — November 1st, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

      I love to make stocks, as well! Thank you for your comment…I appreciate it.

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    Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) — October 30, 2013 @ 6:36 am

    This is a great programme Winnie and one that I feel many of us should be sitting up and taking notice of. Recently I’ve started to really think about my own food waste and have been really trying to cut back – either by buying less, more often, or making sure I find ways to use the “leftover bits” (Save with Jamie has been a great help in that area, actually). I agree that a recipe driven shopping list is a very important first step.

    • Winnie replied: — November 1st, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

      I’d love to hear more of your thoughts, Mardi! I’ll be writing 10 posts for this series :)