At-Home food waste audit

Challenge yourself to reduce your food waste at home! American households produce more food waste than any other country in the world. We’ve got some catching up to do. Not only is it better for our planet, but it can save you a serious amount of cash as well!

participate in the program at home

Our team will walk you through a 4-week program where you will learn the standard method for tracking waste, easy changes to make, and tips to maintaining a less wasteful lifestyle with creative and fun solutions! The program will include Zoom sessions on Monday evenings from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for introductions, instructions, and fun, and conclude with an analysis of the classes’ success and a celebration! The best part, all of the resources and education is FREE!

The 2022 session runs from June 6 – June 27.

Download the program materials

Watch the At-Home Food Waste Audit

week 1: Planning

The first session kicked off with an overview of the program, food waste in the U.S., and getting together the materials you will use to track the food waste produced over the next few weeks. Our team also covers some tips on planning ahead and reducing food waste in your kitchen before it even happens. Start with this video to begin your food waste audit experience at home!

Part 1
Part 2

Week 2: Storage

You bring the groceries in from the car and throw them in the pantry and the fridge. That’s all you need to do to ensure none of it goes bad, right? Nope! Humidity, temperature, airflow, and more can make a huge difference in how long the food will stay fresh. And then there is ethylene. Some foods can be stored next to each other, and others need to be kept far apart. We cover some of the major things you need to know for storage success, and some more individualized tips as well.

week 3: Creative Cooking

Food waste in the kitchen is a hugely common issue for most households. But what do you to prevent it? And if you have to create some waste by peeling an orange or cutting off stems, can you reduce the environmental impact? We have some ways you can incorporate more of the food into your cooking, as well as some fun (inedible!) projects you can try at home!