Cut food waste day 12, Meatless Monday

My series, 31 days of less waste continues:

I love risoto
I love risotto

Clean out the Refrigerator Risotto
Food waste is a waste of energy. Growing shipping and packaging of products takes lots of energy. What are your ways to reduce food waste?
I have always been intimidated by risotto, but after my recent trip to Eastern Europe and many delicious meals, I knew I could become good at making risotto.
This is my vegan, Meatless Monday recipe. Serve with fruit, salad and a veggie patty. Top with whatever nuts you might have, the garnish of cheese will make it vegetarian, not vegan.

Clean out the Refrigerator Risotto
– 1 small onion or leftover onion
– 1 cup rice (I use brown, white rice is easier and faster)
– 2 cups of water or more
– 1 clove garlic (optional)
– vegetables or leftovers to use up (I used collard greens , parsley, celery, and carrots)
– 1 tsp. salt
– garnish with nuts (optional)
– oil for browning onions and veggies. I use olive or coconut.
Process:
Stir fry onion in oil until it starts to brown, add vegetables and continue to stir fry for few minutes, next add rice for about 3 minutes and salt. Throw in any other left overs. Next, I add about 1/2 cup of warm water, stirring every few minutes, and adding more warm water as the water is absorbed. When the rice is soft and creamy, it is ready to serve. About 30-35 minutes.
Easier method:
After the rice and vegetables are slightly browned add the 2 cups water and place in an oven dish in the oven @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

Banner Creations

Shopping bags made from recycled plasstic
Shopping bags made from recycled plastic

When you shop, do you try to purchase products made from recycled materials? This green business, Banner Creations, in Minneapolis is a hero of mine. They sew and make products from material made from recycled plastic. I purchased my reusable shopping bags (above) from them, and not only did they make a fabulous product, they were creative and efficient to work with.

And…a great article below about Banner Creations:

http://www.startribune.com/persistent-banner-creations-founder-grows-green-bag-and-banner-business/310214801/

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800.326.3524 :: info@bannercreations.com

To create markets for recycled materials:

PURCHASE PRODUCTS MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS WHENEVER 006POSSIBLE AND CLOSE THE RECYCLING LOOP.

RECYCLE –MANUFACTURE—PURCHASE

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America Recycles Day, November 15,

recycle On America Recycles Day, what new commitment can you make to recycle?

Find a place to recycle your trash!
Find a place to recycle your trash!

The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world’s people generate 40% of the world’s waste.** Yes, we can do better!

So…..What are we waiting for?  Let’s get busy and recycle MORE!

Today focus on packaging.  Read all packaging and recycle what ever has a recycle triangle.

Recycling saves lots of energy: Products made from recycled material use less energy!  Sadly, valuable materials are ending up in our landfills every day.

Tips for increasing your recycling and working for zero waste in your home and business!

Recycle all plastic bottles, plastic tubs, metal and aluminum cans, glass and newspapers and most paper products.  Every community has different rules for this, but please don’t put these in the trash!  Find a recycling location near you at http://earth911.com/

Establish a place to collect recyclables. Keep a place for recycling in every room of your house or business. http://earth911.com/news/2012/12/11/binbisa-new-recycling-bin/ …AND recycle all junk mail

– Pre-cycle: Become aware of the packaging of the products you purchase.  Buy the products with the least packaging, and with packaging that is recyclable.  This has really improved the past few years.

Awareness – The more you recycle the more you become aware of new things that you can recycle!

Plastic Bags: All clean and dry plastic bags should be recycled.  If it stretches and is clean, recycle it.  Many grocery stores will take bags for recycling.  Ask stores to start collecting plastic bags for recycling if you don’t have someone local.   Some cities have banned the use of plastic bags!! We all can recycle them.  Studies indicate that 100,000 marine animals and 2 million birds die every year from ingesting or being caught up in plastic debris*

Through recycling and composting you should get your garbage down to one small bag a week!

Recycling is a process to change waste materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfills) by reducing the need for “conventional” waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to plastic production. From Wikipedia

Eliminate the idea of waste:  http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/

** Recycling Revolution  http://www.recycling-revolution.com/recycling-facts.html

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