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Too Cold to Compost? 4 Ways to Cut Food Waste
Posted By Ginny Figlar Colón On February 26, 2010 @ 3:38 pm In Green Living | 4 Comments
Here in Sweden, we haven’t had temperatures above freezing since Christmas, and our compost bin is frozen shut and buried in snow. So much for winter composting  this year. I feel incredibly guilty every time I put an avocado skin or banana peel in the trash. And that’s not even the half of it.
With a toddler, a lot of uneaten food ends up getting tossed. And then there are the occasional leftovers that get “lost” in the back of the refrigerator. Bit by bit, it doesn’t seem like much. But it adds up. According to a University of Arizona study, Americans waste about 14 percent of the food they purchase. That’s about $600 per year for a family of four.
Bad for budgets, yes, but even worse for the planet. Because food that ends up in landfills generates methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 23 times more efficient at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. Plus there’s all the water and oil that was used to produce and distribute that food  in the first place, which also essentially gets tossed.
With the compost bin  out of commission for at least another month, I’m trying to reduce our organic trash in other ways. Here are a few tips that can make a big difference with little effort:
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 Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/compostburied1.jpg
 winter composting: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/winter-composting-should-i-just-scrap-it/
 oil that was used to produce and distribute that food: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/7-Ways-to-Eat-a-LowCarbon-Diet.html
 compost bin: http://www.gaiam.com/category/eco-home-outdoor/outdoor/composting.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS
 Vacuum-sealing lids: http://www.gaiam.com/product/keeper+vacuum+food+sealers.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS
 Store it smarter: http://www.gaiam.com/product/evert--045-fresh+bags.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS
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