By making some simple changes to your kitchen habits, you can reduce the amount of plastic waste you create daily. Here are some tips to get you started:

Compost: Instead of throwing away old fruits and vegetables, eggshells, and coffee grounds, you can create nutrient-rich fertilizer for a garden by composting. While this does require some work, particularly at the start, you will save money on fertilizer, help your garden grow, and reduce kitchen waste.

Store Produce Properly: Improper storage of fruits and vegetables causes them to spoil faster, which leads to food waste. For example, refrigerating potatoes, onions, and garlic can change their taste and texture. Take produce out of plastic bags to allow them to breathe, which prevents early spoilage. Keep ethylene-producing foods like apples, bananas, avocados, and blueberries away from other produce. This gas speeds up the ripening process for ethylene-sensitive foods, like potatoes, lying nearby.

Use every part of your food: Cut the spoiled spots off fruits and vegetables rather than throwing away the whole thing. Use bones to flavor stock. Put parmesan cheese rinds in sauces for added taste. Saving and reusing often discarded parts of food is a great way to cut back on kitchen waste. Read about more ways to reduce food waste here.

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