Think of an average meal: How much do you eat—and how much do you toss? What about at the end of the week when you empty your fridge: Is it pretty much the same routine?
If you’re like most Americans, your waste probably almost matches what you eat. That’s because as much as 40 percent of our food gets tossed. That’s a huge drain—not just on your family budget but on the planet, too. It wastes water, land, and resources.
One solution is to buy in bulk, especially those items that you use often and that have a long shelf life. Another solution is to really understand what expiration dates mean for fresh items. Sometimes we throw items without understanding the expiration date is not equal to a throw date. Check out this cool infographic I found.