At some point in your life, you might have let a piece of fruit or a bag of fresh veggies in the back of the fridge go bad. It probably didn’t seem like such a huge deal, but remember, you’re not the only one! In 2013, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported that, every year, the world throws out about 1.3 billion tons of food. That’s about one-third of the food produced!

Luckily, a product called FreshPaper is here to help save some of this food!

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Using a sheet of paper infused with a combination of spices, fruits and veggies are able to stay fresh for two to four times longer. Kavita Shukla, the mind behind this amazing product, described how she came up with the idea (which came to her in middle school!): “Throughout middle school and high school I was like that odd kid storing rotting fruits and vegetables in my garage. What I ended up learning was that some spices were very effective in inhibiting bacterial and fungal growth. I was so astounded that something as simple as these spices could be effective in keeping food fresh for longer. It really opened my eyes to the problem of food spoilage. Eventually, tinkering with different spices and formats led to FreshPaper, which is a really simple and very intuitive way to keep food fresh for longer.”

By taking a simple step to add FreshPaper to our storage routine, we can all do our part in helping to reduce food waste. If you’d like to FreshPaper to your arsenal to combat food waste, you can learn more here.

What Else Can You Do To Help?

Food wastage is a major environmental problem that we can all help combat with our daily actions. Just check out these six ways you can cut down on food waste, ten ideas to adopt a zero-waste lifestyle, and these simple ways to minimize waste in cooking. If you can’t stop waste at the source, you can always try composting! Check out this guide to composting 101 to get started. Together we can keep more food out of landfills – a win for people, animals, and the planet all around!

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