Gallery: 6 Simple Ways to Make Your Life Even Greener

 
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5. Reduce Your Food Waste

This sounds like a no-brainer (who wants to throw out food?), but most of us end up tossing out food that’s gone bad before we’ve had a chance to use it. This not only wastes good food, but it's also a means of tossing portions of your paycheck into those already-overflowing landfills. Try doing some meal-planning in advance—like on weekends, or on an evening when you and your family have some spare time—so you only buy the groceries that you know will be used over the course of the week. Remove vegetables from plastic bags before putting them in the fridge, and if you think something's on the verge of going off, freeze it: you can use it for soup stock at a later date.

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