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5 Easy Ways to Get Kids Involved in Food Conservation


It takes a lot of resources to create food, so it's a shame when any goes to waste. Unfortunately, the U.S. is one of the most wasteful nations on earth, throwing out about 10% (or 40 billion pounds!) of what sits in our grocery stores every year. The good news is, food waste can be greatly reduced with just a bit of mindfulness, and  household planning.

If kids are a part of your household, there's no reason to leave them out of the process. Learning about food conservation at an early age can help kids develop good habits for later in life. Get them involved early, and take advantage of opportunities to talk about green living along the way. These five easy tips for helping get kids involved in food conservation are the perfect foundation for where to begin.

1. Have kids mark their glasses and plates

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When we think about food waste, our minds might not immediately jump to beverages, such as juice. Yet, along with small snack foods like crackers, they make up a large portion of food waste. After meal time, it can be common to see a table or kitchen counter full of half-full, identical glasses, with no one able to remember whose is whose. The result? Everything is poured down the drain to avoid spreading germs.

Instead, have the kids mark their individual glass (or small snack plate) in a reversible way. Some ideas might include a clothes pin on the brim, a ribbon tied around the middle, or even a wax crayon dot on the outside. Come meal or snack time, everyone will know which glass or plate is which.