Today I want talk about food waste, and by “food waste” I’m not referring to the waste you create at home, which is (mind-blowingly) 4.4 lbs per American PER DAY! Today, we are covering a topic that might come as a shock to some of you. At least it did to me! Food waste that is 100% edible. Yes, you read correctly. We are talking about perfectly edible produce that gets rejected or thrown away by big chains based on aesthetics. Too small, too ugly, too imperfect to sit in the produce aisle of a store. 40% of food goes to waste every single year in the US, while 20% of our population lacks access to a nutritious diet. We are talking about apples, oranges, avocados, kale and other delicious veggies and fruits being rejected due to a small bruise here and there, color, size, or any other “imperfection”. This is also produce for which gallons of water and acres of land were used to grow and ship food that will never be eaten! I don’t about you guys but I truly believe in being “perfectly imperfect” AND in saving our world one action at a time, and so does Hungry Harvest! Hungry Harvest came up with a solution to eliminate food waste and world hunger by working with local farmers to recover these rejected veggies and fruits and deliver them on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to your door. They offer different “Harvest Boxes” that range from $15 to $50 providing you with a variety of organic and delicious fruits and vegetables. The box I signed up for is the “Full Harvest Box”, which costs $40 and, this week, came with 4 avocados, 3 cucumbers, 4 granny smith apples, 1 box of grape tomatoes, 3 green peppers, 1 kale bunch, 4 oranges, 2 yellow squashes, 2 onions. All organic! You also get to customize your box (up to 48hrs before your box is set for delivery) by choosing to eliminate or swap your produce. For example, I chose to swap my onions for a pumpkin. Wonderful, isn’t it? How we can have a positive impact on our planet by simply adjusting our shopping habits a little bit? You still get to enjoy your lifestyle and get organic produce delivered to your door, while doing good!
As if all this weren’t world-changing enough, Hungry Harvest also donates a portion of their produce to different hunger-solving organizations EVERY WEEK! How about that? Do I need to say more? Or are you ready to order your box? If you are, head to Hungry Harvest, create an account, set your delivery settings, and use code “WATERTHRUSKIN” to get $5 off your first delivery! Make sure you check their delivery areas first to see if you are match. Hungry Harvest works with local farmers only, hence the delivery areas have to match their zip codes. If yours is not there yet, do not panic! They are expanding every day!
Living consciously just got that much easier in 2018!!
ps: I'm wearing pants made of banana waste by Milo+Nicki. No waste left behind here! :)