February: the Month of Love and Reducing Food Waste

February: the Month of Love and Reducing Food Waste

It’s February, yes Valentine’s day is coming up, no we will not be talking about the holiday that supports the existence of hallmark cards. No, I’m going to talk about food waste. I struggle with it, you struggle with it, almost everyone probably struggles with it. I mean when I’m driving home after class and stress just overcomes me, I sometimes mysteriously find myself at a local drive-through with fries in my hand. Does anyone really crave the banana in their fridge after sitting in class for 3 hours listening to the professor rant about nuclear energy being his favorite energy source? Not only does this habit impact the amount of waste going into landfills (60 million tons a year in the United States alone), but sadly impacts are wallets. That’s less many to spend towards building your new BB-8 droid on your next trip to Disney World. Let’s start the new year focusing on making sure to finish the food in are fridges. However, if you do get the urge to splurge on some waffle fries and the banana sitting in your fridge rots, it can be turned into some yummy compost that your plants or even the local community garden will enjoy. Happy single’s day!

 

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New Year, No Disposable Straws

A new year means opportunities for developing new habits. Start your year strong by not only drinking lots of water to keep yourself hydrated during these colder periods but also reducing disposable straw waste. I know it’s tempting to use a straw for every sip we intake, but it can be a giant obstacle for our aquatic friends. Now I recognize that there are some who face disabilities that require the use of straws (and how do you ingest drinks like milkshakes without them) so here’s some alternatives. There are options for reusable straws (steel straws are my favorite) that even come with cleaners for keeping your drinkware squeaky clean so you can sip your beverage without adding waste into the water system. You can also be like Elsa and “Let it Go” by not using straws. Nothing says “I’m a hero” more than protecting baby turtles. To my fellow Codegreeners, let’s make this new decade a green one.

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Keeping the Holidays Green

December is always a special time of year because no matter what event you celebrate there is always something to be joyful about. Which is why everyone should be mindful of all the wrapping that gets thrown away. Contrary to belief, boxes can always be reused, gifts don’t always have to come in piles of paper, and not even a million bows can make a fruit cake look like a chocolate mousse cake. Let’s be aware this holiday season of the joy we can bring without deploying too much waste. To my Codegreeners, have a holly and jolly holiday season

 

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Having a Green Thanksgiving

It’s turkey lurkey time, which means that not only a ridiculous number of calories will be consumed in are bellies (no regrets) but a lot of grease will be utilized to cook scrumptious food. This grease can lead to not only more environmental waste, but can also clog up your pipes, which leads to a scheduled visit from your local plumber (and no one needs to be traumatized by a plumber’s crack this holiday season).  To help protect your pipes, the environment, and eyes from trauma, DFW participates in a program called “Cease the Grease” where students will take your cooking grease and transform it into biofuel. All you must do is take the grease to one of the designated drop off locations closest to you and poor working students will do the rest. Why worry about pipes and waste when you can spend your time gaining weight instead? Codegreeners enjoy being mean green eating turkey machines and check out my other media links down below to find out more ways on how you can live each and everyday by Codegreen.

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Be a Halloween Green Queen

The time of princesses, witches, and pirates is upon us and I couldn’t be more excited. Though it’s my favorite time of the season, it’s also one of the most notorious holidays for creating waste, so here are some tips for turning your Halloween green. Pumpkins are a great decoration that then can be transformed into nutritious compost for your plants and baking pumpkin seeds has always been a beloved delicious pastime of mine. Missed your chance to dress up as Wonder Woman or Elsa? No problem! Check out your local thrift store before buying a new costume because that’s where the ghosts of costumes past go. Everyone loves a good retro look, so you can be green while looking like a queen. Trying to watch your diet? Skip the candy, it’s unhealthy and causes non-recyclable trash anyway. Not only will you be dressed as a super hero, but you will be the real-life Superman for wildlife and your figure. Remember to keep your Halloween fun, scary, and green. Check out my links down below for more ways on how you can live each and every day by Codegreen!

 

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