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Drying is a preservation technique that removes the water in food to a level that will not support the microbial life.
I never thought laundry would have such a large carbon footprint. Turns out things like washing in cold water and line drying your clothes are great ways to reduce your carbon footprint by up to 0.5 tons per year. Not only is this good for your clothes, it saves you money (no more hunting for quarters for your dryer) and is good for the environment.
Doing the quiz really helped me gain some perspective about where I am and just how far away from that 2050 goal we all are today. To hit it, we are all going to have to make some major edits but picking one sustainable habit/ lifestyle change at a time can help us get there.
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Freezing is one of the most common and well known techniques for food preservation. Freezing is accomplished by storing food at 0 F.
The reason meat has a large carbon footprint is that the amount of land, food, and water used to grow the animals. The temperature controls to transport these animals and keep them safe for consumption requires a lot of energy. With red meats having the highest carbon footprint and fish having the least, there are some really interesting ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
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Canning is a preservation technique that utilizes jars and cans to safely store and preserve food.
Check out our DELICIOUS recipe for a vibrant and colorful twist on traditional hummus.
Food and cooking is a passion of mine. Throughout years of education, experience, and observation it became apparent to me how bad our food waste is as a planet and how I personally waste in my own home. In a study that looks at household food waste in the United States, it was found that practices in the home are the cause of about 43% of food waste.
A lot of energy service providers allow you to switch to green energy. This can help you reduce your carbon footprint and make all your in-home electricity usage guilt-free! So, I went on a path to figure out how to do this and how much it would cost me - and I was so surprised by what I found!
Sadly, airlines are not fuel efficient and just one transatlantic flight can have a larger carbon footprint than all the energy you use at home for a year. While the percentages and amount of fuel used vary greatly based on the aircraft, the size and weight of the carrier, and the length of the flight - the general consensus is that takeoff consumes most of the fuel. If you’re like me and you love to travel (and live oceans away from family), avoiding flights completely may not be an option. If you are going to fly, here are some things you can do to help reduce your carbon footprint:
The way we store our food is influenced by SO many things. Sometimes we store our food based off of label instructions, and sometimes we base it off of the way we've grown up. This can be a question of quality, safety, or both. So, where does your food REALLY belong?
We are two food scientists that are all about changing the way we look at our food. We will be diving into all of the research, tips, and tricks on how we can all live a sustainable lifestyle. Join us as we find the most creative and green solutions to saving our food, our bodies, and the environment.