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Life Kit Episodes To Help You Live More Sustainably ? From The Kitchen To The Closet

Life Kit Episodes To Help You Live More Sustainably — From The Kitchen To The Closet

Not all change is good, and this week, Life Kit is thinking about one of the biggest changes of all: climate change. It's a problem that calls for systemic, long-term solutions.

But we can all do our part to cut back on our own carbon footprint and reduce waste.

You can start on your next trip to the kitchen.

Is Your Home At Risk From Climate Change? Here's How To Know
Start with what you're eating. Meat production takes a big toll on the environment, through deforestation to make room for cattle and through methane emissions from cows. Cutting back on eating meat — even just a little — can make a big environmental impact. Here are recipes to help.

Then, think about all the food you don't eat — the food scraps in your trash or spoiled meals sitting in your fridge. Food waste accounts for as much as 10% of greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans. Here's some advice to cut down your contribution, from our episode on reducing food waste:

Don't be fooled by the "sell-by" date on your foods. Most of these dates are about when foods are freshest — not the day you should throw it in the trash. This USDA app can help you keep track of how long food really lasts. (And this Life Kit episode can help you decipher the buzzwords on food labels.)

If you are worried about food going bad, your freezer is your friend. Almost anything can be frozen.

Instead of tossing food scraps, try composting. Even if you don't have the outdoor space to compost on your own, you can get scraps picked up or even drop them off at local facilities. Look up "compost pickup service" in your area.

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