Yesterday, November 19, 2015, was Use Less Stuff Day. Use Less Stuff Day is all about re-using, patching up, recycling and handing things down rather than throwing them away and buying new things. Every year tons of food gets thrown away during Thanksgiving. We make plenty of food to feed everyone, inevitably leaving us with so many leftovers that we can’t possibly eat them before they spoil.
To reduce food waste Use Less Stuff created a list of approximate food and drink portions per person:
- Turkey- 1 pound
- Stuffing- ¼ pound
- Sweet potato casserole- ¼ pound
- Green beans- ¼ pound
- Cranberry relish- 3 tablespoons
- Pumpkin pie- 1/8 of a 9” pie
At the end of the day you will always have some leftovers but what you can do is make sure to package them up and send them with your guests. You can also donate your leftovers to the local food shelf.