Survey shows people hope for more sustainable Earth post-pandemic

Amy Conway, editor-in-chief of Health Magazine, shows viewers how to reduce waste in their daily lives, make green choices at the grocery store and be smart about leftovers.
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Now to "Sustainable U." Last year 86% of respondents to an ipsos survey said they wished to see a more equitable sustainable world following the pandemic. "Health" magazine editor in chief Amy Conway is here to get us started with tips for reducing waste in our daily lives. Amy, good morning. Good morning. Before you even start grocery shopping, how can you minimize waste before you even head out the door to the store? Sure, well, you want to really dive right in to your trash. Do a trash audit and see what you're throwing out a loof. Those are the things where you can start cutting back first. For me it was paper towels, but the paper towel shortage of 2020 really helped me break that habit so now I either use cloth towels or these. It looks like a normal roll of paper towels, goes on your paper towel holder but they're made of bamboo which is a renewable resource and can be used over and over and even thrown in the wash. For other families, vegetable scraps are really filling up the garbage cans and so that's something where you can cut back too and try root to stem eating, that means eating the whole vegetable and broccoli stalks are a great starter snack. Peel them, slice them and snack on them or toss them into salads. If you haven't compared composting yet now is a great time because if you start your compost now, you'll be ready for the garden you'll want to start this spring. And water bottles are another big one. 57 billion water bottles are purchased in this country every year. 70% are not recyclable but it's super easy to avoid that. Just get yourself a cute water bottle and have it be your accessory. Once you're at the grocery store, how can you make green choices there? Okay, well, once again, being green actually started before you get into the store. You want to do some prep beforehand. Do meal planning and make a good list to avoid impulse purchases. Bring your reusable grocery bags, bring containers for the bulk bins and bring produce bags like these which will be great for your fruits and vegetables so you can skip those plastic bags in the produce aisle. Speaking of that, you probably know that shopping the perimeter of the grocery store is where you'll find your healthy foods and find the foods that have less packaging. And when it comes to leftovers how can we be smart about leftovers? Sure. Well, what you want is a good set of glass food storage containers because you can see what's in them when they're in the fridge, nothing will get lost in the back of the fridge. They are microwaveable and going to last forever. You can actually take one or two of those when you go out to eat instead of asking for a doggie bag, just bring your leftovers home in your own container and pop them in the fridge. Bring your own to-go cup. A lot of places, when you get copy, if you bring your own cup will give you a discount which is great and always byos, bring your own straw. That metal one is actually collapsible. Has its own little case that fits on a keychain and always have it with you at all times. Plenty of tips. Thank you very much, Amy. Appreciate it.

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