Domestic food waste

It seems that almost all the focus is on plastic because the numbers are glaring: it takes hundreds of years to biodegrade, millions of tons end up in the oceans, all the plastic that has ever been made is still here on earth.

But domestic food waste is another issue that should be on our radar….wait a minute, don’t fruit peelings and vegetable stubs decompose? They’re organic matter, right?

Yes, they do decompose in landfills, but not in a good way as they release methane, which is a greenhouse warming gas (whether you subscribe to the theory of greenhouse warming or not, the fact is that rotting food is clogging up the landfills).

Today, my domestic waste weighs a whopping 5.8 kilograms, and that’s average for this family of three (because we eat lots of fresh stuff, I make every dish up from scratch and I rarely ever buy ready-made-meals). That’s heck a lot of rubbish for the already over-flowing dump!

But I don’t have a garden at the moment, and just throwing food scraps (even if it is just green) will attract rodents.  So making a food composter might be my next project….it looks simple enough (from this excellent youtube video).

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Note: Here’s an idea for reducing food scraps – I use them to make delicious and nutritious broth. Please click on this link to read more. We will be adding Leftover Recipes here soon!


Poop paper

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If you love books, there is nothing lovelier than beautiful, craft paper.

Ismail’s family makes paper from elephant poop, and this cottage industry helps the local community, local animals and the country. Its products are being sold in over 30 countries.

Visit them at Maximus.

(Photos from Maximus website).

Please view this informative and heart-warming BBC programme about saving elephants in Sri Lanka by turning their poop into a successful paper industry.

Good food from waste food

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In an ideal world, we compost our uneaten fruits and vegetables, including the peelings. But reality is not many of us have a compost heap. Food waste breaks down and emits greenhouse gases in landfills, including not only carbon dioxide (CO2) but methane (CH4) – a gas 25 times more potent than CO2.

You can buy composters (you can read a review of composters for kitchen scraps here):

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Or you can do this:

Keep a “soup bag” in the fridge and fill the with vegetable remnants. Whenever you have chicken carcass or stock bones, you can boil these up to make a really delicious, nutritious and versatile broth that you can use as a soup base or stock. You’ll never need to buy those salt-laden, mass-produced stuff again!  

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Photo: soup bag in my freezer.

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Photo: carrot and celery pulp from juicing is a wonderful soup thickener.

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Photo: simple broth.

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Photo: Gourmet soup from the simple broth made from waste food.

Related post: Leftover Queens

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