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October 13 - November 10, 2021
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Ethan Kehrberg

GreenCorps

"Let's fix our food systems and reduce our food waste!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 461 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    48
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    3
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    26
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    25
    minutes
    spent learning

Ethan's Actions

Storage

Properly Store Apples

I will properly store apples by keeping them on the counter for up to 7 days and then moving them to the refrigerator.I will keep them away from bananas and avocados, since those speed ripening. I will properly store 10 apples.

Completed
One-Time Action

Storage

Rotate My Foods

When I restock my fridge or pantry, I will put new items in the back and bring older items to the front to be used first.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Storage

Be Smart About Food Labels

I will learn about food labels and not throw food out just based on the date on the package, but instead check the smell and color to see if it has gone bad.

Completed
One-Time Action

Storage

Create an Eat First Area

I will create an "Eat First" area in my fridge to prioritize food that needs to be used right away for my household of 4.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Watch a Documentary About Food

I will watch 3 videos or documentaries to learn about the scope and scale of food waste in this country.

Completed
One-Time Action

Week 1 Focus: Planning

Learn About and Choose a Meal Plan Style

I will explore different meal plan techniques and choose one that works for my household.

Completed
One-Time Action

Week 1 Focus: Planning

Track My Wasted Food

I will track the food that my household of 4 throws out so I can learn what we're wasting and why.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 1 Focus: Planning

Create a Weekly Meal Plan

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu of meals and ingredients for my household of 4.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Storage Be Smart About Food Labels
    Did you know that not all food labeling means the same thing? How have you changed your habits to decide if food is still safe to eat?

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    Ethan Kehrberg 10/19/2021 11:46 AM
    I knew a bit about food labels but it was super helpful to take a deeper dive and learn more about the specifics. Now I can be smarter about which foods I choose to buy and how long I can keep them.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Planning Learn About and Choose a Meal Plan Style
    What meal plan method works for you and why? Have you tried some in the past that didn't work?

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    Ethan Kehrberg 10/15/2021 6:17 AM
    I like planning meals out by the week so I don't have to figure it out each day and it helps limit trips to the grocery store. I try to assign meals to certain days but sometimes stuff comes up and I shuffle things around. I haven't tried planning longer than a week at a time but I have done shorter periods and it just feels like more of a hassle.
  • Reflection Question
    Storage Create an Eat First Area
    What kinds of food are on your Eat First shelf? Has creating an Eat First area helped you reduce food waste?

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    Ethan Kehrberg 10/14/2021 12:09 PM
    Meal leftovers, various kinds of produce, and soon-to-expire foods are put front and center in my fridge. I have found that it does help reduce food waste because it reminds you to reach for those foods first before they go bad. It's easy to forget about something if it is stuffed in the back or hidden behind newer items. That little bit of intentionality with placement and organization can go a long way.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Planning Create a Weekly Meal Plan
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money? How has meal planning helped you avoid waste?

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    Ethan Kehrberg 10/14/2021 12:05 PM
    I'm not surprised that people waste so much food each year since it's very engrained in American culture, but I am surprised that more people aren't doing something about it, especially since there is a financial incentive to be smarter about the food we consume. Knowing what I am going to eat for the week helps me plan ahead, create leftovers to bring to work for lunch, limit trips to the grocery store, and use the food that I already have available.