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Published on October 21st, 2014 | by Peter Young


How Much Does Your Food Waste Cost You?

It seems like every month we’re adding more and more special holidays to our already busy calendars, for example, did you know that September 19th is “talk like a pirate day”? Yeah, me neither. However, not all of these holidays are a complete gimmick. Take for example October 16th which is also known as World Food Day (sorry gang, but it’s not a holiday intended for trying new foods). This is a day intended to raise awareness around the world regarding food waste in our homes, which I know doesn’t sound like thrilling dinner conversation, but I assure you the numbers will shock you nonetheless. Did you know that, on average, the American family of four wastes close to $2,000 per year in expired, spoiled food? I know, a bit shocking and unfortunately true. To Learn more about food waste, check out this infographic that the folks over at Ecocleen put together:


This post was generously supported by Ecocleen Solutions.

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graduated from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) with a degree in journalism and has made sustainability and eco-conscious living mainstays of both his professional and personal life. It was during his time at PLU that he began his journey with sustainability and it's what has led him to writing for Green Living Ideas. He currently resides in Honolulu and works for Pono Home, an energy efficiency company focused on reducing carbon emissions and promoting a healthier, greener lifestyle.

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