52 weeks of saving: Reuse containers to reduce food waste


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It can be frustrating to buy things that don’t get used, even more so when the unused purchases are food. Every scrap of waste is like throwing money into the trash. Pope Francis put it even more succinctly in 2013 when he said, “Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and the hungry,” according to the online version of the Daily Telegraph.

Americans may underestimate the amount thrown away when they report about $640 worth of food every year per household, according to a 2015 survey by the American Chemistry Council. U.S. Government figures estimate $900 per household, the survey said.

Food waste has become an issue for the planet and for individuals. “Food and the production of food represent the biggest stress to the planet,” says Pete Pearson, director of food waste for the World Wildlife Fund Markets Institute.

Even if the plight of the planet leaves one unmoved, no one enjoys wasting money. I decided to try to go a week without throwing away any unused food.