Friday Buffet

Don’t look now, but Walmart is doing it again. The retail giant announced plans to reduce food waste at its stores by 10 to 15 percent! Hopefully this prompts other supermarkets to keep pace.

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Salon offered up the useful, fun Seven Tasty Ways to Stop Wasting Food. My favorite–”Don’t be a wuss” (eat food past its expiration date).

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While some of us mourn the SunChips compostable bag, UK chip-maker Walkers are working on a bag made from potato peels that would be compostable. No word yet on whether it will be edible, too.

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Annie Leonard, who brought us the fabulous Story of Stuff, has teamed with PBS to make online episodes for kids called Loop Scoops. The webisode on garbage includes composting and ends with the valuable lesson, “Less chucking, more recycling makes you not a bozo,” including composting.

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Finally, if you find yourself a) planning a large event or festival and b) wanting to divert food from the landfill, check out this guide.

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  1. Posted October 15, 2010 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    I still hate shopping at WalMart (it’s too big for me!), but I think it’s great that they’re reducing waste.

    And yay that Salon is talking about food waste too!

  2. Posted October 15, 2010 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    I hated those SunChip bags (they were so loud and aggravating!), but I’m still sad they’re gone. I loved tossing them into the compost.

  3. Posted October 15, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Kristen, agreed. It is neat about Walmart, even if neither you nor I want to shop there. Ever go to Graul’s?

    Cate, I’d bet you’ll be able to find those SunChips bags buried in your compost pile for years to come, in case you start really missing them.

  4. Posted October 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Permalink


    Your link to the Annie Leonard webisode is a dead link.


  5. Posted October 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Sorry ’bout that. All better.

  6. Posted October 19, 2010 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Jonathan, I have indeed been there and I was so excited to see them mentioned in your book!

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