10th Anniversary Giveaway #7: Reusable Shopping and Produce Bags from Flip & Tumble

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of C&Z, I am hosting 10 giveaways throughout the month of October. Keep checking back for chances to win wonderful products I’ve discovered and loved over the past decade!

Our seventh giveaway prize is a set of three reusable shopping bags and five reusable produce bags from Flip & Tumble, a small design studio based out of Berkeley, California.

The first product they developed when they launched in 2007 is the 24-7 bag, a reusable and durable shopping bag that folds back into a neat little pouch attached inside the bag. Co-founder Eva Bauer got in touch with me back in 2008 to tell me about it, and I have been an intensive and intensely happy user since then. (See my post on reusable shopping bags.)

We have a collection* that we keep around at all times — a couple on the sideboard by the door, one in the stroller, one in my purse, one in Maxence’s computer bag — and they have become such staples of our everyday lives and travels that we call them “flips” for short, as in “T’as pris un flip?” (Did you bring a flip?).

Encouraged by the success of that bag, the Flip & Tumble team came up with reusable produce bags, and I am just as enthusiastic about those*. I love that they help me avoid much of the plastic and brown paper normally involved in bringing home the fruits and vegetables we eat; they are easy to wash and lightweight enough that I don’t end up paying more for my produce; and I get so many compliments from other shoppers and vendors that I hope their use will one day become more commonplace.

For this giveaway, co-founder Eva Bauer is offering three assorted 24/7 bags and a set of five produce bags.

To participate, leave a comment below (in English or in French) telling me about the environment-friendly habit you think is most important in the kitchen. And if you’re on Facebook, please consider liking the Flip & Tumble page (and the C&Z page, too!).

You have until Monday, October 28, midnight Paris time to enter; I will then draw one entry randomly and announce it here. Eva has generously agreed to ship internationally, so you’re welcome to play regardless of your location; please make sure you enter your email address correctly so I can contact you if you win.

Good luck! And check back on Thursday for a new giveaway.

WE GOT A WINNER!

I have drawn an entry at random using random.org (see screen capture below), and I am pleased to announce the winner is Margaret, who wrote: “There are so many little things and I’m not sure what is most important. Reusing as much as possible for bags and containers is something that is easy, but reduces a lot of waste and plastic. The other thing I try to do is not waste water using too much when washing dishes. Water is such a precious resource…”

Congratulations Margaret, and thank you all for entering!

Flip & Tumble draw

* Disclosure

The Flip & Tumble products I own were sent to me for free by the company, with no obligation to write about them. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • rachel

    We have started to compost our food waste. But I love using re-usable bags, too!

  • Caroline Turnbull-Hall

    Composting suitable kitchen waste. Using citrus peel to make crystallised peel to use in cakes or to make orangettes. I just cannot bear to waste it when I have made a cirtus fruit salad.

  • Jessica Gaydos

    Using reusable storage containers and recyclable wraps, like aluminum foil, versus plastic bags are key to reducing the trash that goes out into the environment.

  • Meghan

    Eventually, I’d like to find or make some washable sandwich and snack bags, but in the mean time I wash and reuse all my plastic zip lock bags. A single box can last over a year this way, and consequently saves both money and plastic waste.

  • http://comeconmigoelblogdepalmira.over-blog.es/ Palmira

    Sans doute le geste le plus important pour moi est d’acheter la juste quantité de produits frais dont j’ai besoin et surtout de TOUT utiliser et de ne pas jeter fanes et parties plus fibreuses mais de les cuisiner différemment!
    Bonne semaine!
    Palmira

  • Sarah

    While I try to do many things that are environmentally friendly in our kitchen, and around the home, reducing food waste is the one that I feel is most important. It took so many resources to get our food to our house that it seems horrible to throw any away – I’m still working with the toddler on that.

  • Jennifer

    I think composting is a big part of being environmentally friendly in the kitchen, it reduces landfill and dependency on manufactured fertilizer.

  • rebecca

    Flip & Tumble bags are so clever and colorful, it would be lovely to have some!

    I think composting my food waste (though I do try to limit it) is the most important thing for me, to have less rubbish is a great thing!

  • greg

    Choose products with little or no packaging, and use your own bags.

  • http://eatdrinkculture.wordpress.com Sara

    I think the single most important habit to cultivate in the kitchen is to not let anything go to waste: the woody ends of asparagus for soup, shrimp shells for stock, ends of bread for crumbs or croutons.

    I see so many people tossing out ends of things or even leftovers, either because they think it’s too much effort to save & reuse it, or maybe they aren’t sure how. But once you start it’s addictive, and now my freezer always has some treasures for making a quick meal from nothing.

  • Emily

    Oh, I love Flip and Tumble bags! For me, the most environmentally important habit (and fiscally important habit) is planning meals so I use food before it goes bad. Sooo frustrating to throw out yogurts, produce, and other expired things!

  • http://www.fusac.fr Lisa Vandenbos

    I compost everything I can including the paper bags you get market veggies in and paper towels (compost needs some “dry” material for a good balance). I get great additive for my potted plants and yard and I put a lot less into the actual garbage. By the time I copost and recycle there it’s much left for the garbage men.

    I actually get a kick out of going out to the bin and dumping in the “food” for the huge variety of bugs that live in there and process compost.

  • Melanie

    Composting is my favorite environmentally friendly kitchen practice. Sometimes we give scraps to our neighbor’s chickens, other times we take them to our CSA farm to feed the pigs! The kids love both!!

  • FHeimburger

    I grew up in Germany, so separating all waste carefully was part of early childhood training, but after several years in France having to throw everything into the same bin for lack of facilities, I am glad to be back in Germany where recyclables, compost, paper etc. can all be put to the best possible use.

  • http://merisi.blogspot.com Merisi in Vienna

    I think the most environmental-friendly habit is making sure all food is used, making sure nothing goes to waste.

    I have read too many studies about perfectly good food being wasted along the line, from produce not even making it to the supermarket because it does not conform to arbitrary standards, to household food waste being a strong concern.

  • http://www.lilianlau.com Lil

    While I don’t meticulously plan our meals, I try to buy just enough for the few days before my next grocery run so none of the produce would spoilt. Suitable scraps (e.g. tops and bottoms of carrot, greens of leeks) get kept together to be used later in making (vegetable) stock.

  • Laura

    I’ve been making an effort to rely much more heavily on my cloth dish towels instead of using paper towels for random things around the kitchen!

  • Laurie

    I’ve just started composting. I use reusable containers and bags for my son’s lunch. And we all take lunches several days a week to save money and use the food we already have.

    I’d love the reusable produce bags.

  • Gail

    Reducing the number of disposable containers and recycling everything possible. I’m in love with reusable glass containers with snap lids, so much sturdier and easier to clean than the all plastic ones.

  • Eda

    We’re composting. Using glass storage containers. Saving and freezing vegetable scraps for broths…

  • Susanna

    I think it’s trying not to use pre-packaged/pre-trimmed foods. It’s not hard to cut up a carrot or garlic, or a salad, and the ingredients inside the bottles/clamshells/bags are not always that tasty themselves.

  • Amy H

    We use glass storage containers, reusable shopping bags and are reducing food waste as much as possible. I wish our urban setting allowed for composting and I need to start reusing or eliminating the need for ziploc bags and the like.

  • Caroline Bacquet

    Eating local, fresh and just enough. Avoiding food waste. Composting.

  • Julie

    For me right now, the biggest issue is not going crazy at the Farmer’s Market and buying far more than I can use. My second biggest issue is actually remembering what I have bought and using it before it goes bad.

  • Tina

    Right now I am trying to reduce food waste in my kitchen. We are lucky to have curbside composting collection so we can compost food scraps even if we don’t have a garden pile. My current challenge is planning meals and shopping more carefully so we have less to compost and more pleasure at the table.

  • Michelle

    Wow this is definitely a giveaway in my size! I carry a fold up reusable shopping bag in my purse at all times and 99% never take a bag from a store. I even take back my paper bags to the place where I buy my fruit & veg and get him to reuse them for my produce the next week (until the breakdown of course). My most important eco-habit in the kitchen: I am so happy that here in Milan(IT) they just introduced a compost system for the city that it almost makes me want to keep living here ;) We eat a lot of veg and it seemed such a shame to throw out the scraps… although I must admit that now I’m keeping a stock bin in the freezer which helps. Cheers and fingers crossed!

  • http://www.boogaj.com/going_glutenfree/ Julie

    We started a compost pile a few years ago and compost a lot of our food scraps. It’s been great for the garden!

  • Miss UK

    Composting as much as possible. Since we started, the amount of “general” garbage has decreased a lot, it’s quite impressive!

  • http://www.kiako-cooks.tumblr.com Nati Kiako

    Never leave water running!! that’s the most precious resource.

  • María Sol Azcona

    Dont use paper towells if not absolutely necessary.

  • Mary

    I try to use cloth shopping bags, reuse produce bags, and I store my leftovers in glass jars. I always compost my food scraps

  • claire

    Je pense que le plus important est de faire attention au gaspillage. Bien sûr, prendre soin de recycler est important mais pour moi, le fait de faire des courses raisonnables et de tout utiliser est vraiment essentiel.

  • Katherine

    I think composting is great and so is using glass containers!

  • http://www.chasingbawa.com sakura

    I always have a spare cloth bag with me whenever I go out and try not to waste food. It’s difficult when you live alone but I think I’m getting the hang of how much food to buy each week and to try and cook them all!

  • Mario

    To me it’s important to compost organic scraps. In Manhattan most farmer’s markets collect them once a week so I keep mine in the freezer. I think it is the one most important thing I have done to contribute to the reduction of waste.

  • martadc

    Nous trions nos déchets, et depuis cet été, compostons tous les restes organiques – nous y gagnons tous à la fin.
    Merci pour tes prix: here’s to ten more years!

  • Helena

    Throwing away as little food as possible. There are so many ways to help with this – plan meals, write a shopping list, freeze foods if you won’t otherwise use them in time (if freezer suitable, of course)…And it can be fun! – being creative about how to use up stuff can lead to some great meal discoveries.

  • Elizabeth O’Connor

    We use reusable containers in kitchen and before we moved to Ireland from the US (a month ago), we composted. Also, we use reusable grocery bags.

  • Trish

    I hate throwing away unused food, so we make a real effort to plan out meals for the week before going to the grocery store or farmers market. Also, I’ try to freeze leftovers immediately so that they don’t become food waste.

  • LB

    I have a hard time deciding what has the most impact, but I think maybe I’d go with not leaving the water running. I also work very hard to take my reusable bags to the farmer’s market every week to buy local produce and dairy products (added bonus: everything tastes better).

  • Annaelle

    J’hésite entre le très simple mais fondamental “ne jamais jeter les restes” (ne jamais jeter de nourriture, en fait) et”optimiser l’utilisation du four en faisant cuire plusieurs plats/desserts/pains en même temps”

  • http://www.moutenpeper.nl Wouter

    One of the most important things is to try and reduce food waste. But also – keep thinking straight.

    Many seem to think locally produced food is the holy grail – which it may be, but if lots of people drive for many kilometers you still get a LOT of traffic for your produce. Then suddenly 2000KM for 2000KG of tomatoes to the shop around the corner doesn’t sound so bad.

    I guess I’m lucky to pass my veggie provider on the way from work (on bike ;-))

  • http://daysontheclaise.blogspot.com Susan Walter

    Compost! and be water wise.

  • Kaye

    We reuse and recycle as much packaging as possible. At the grocery I often put two different veggies in one sack, with a label for each.

  • http://www.boulderneigh.blogspot.com Michelle

    I think using/reusing things instead of disposables is one of the most important practices in being “green.”

  • Danielle E.

    Ever since I started composting (in Boston, MA, I use this organization which picks up my scraps every week: http://bootstrapcompost.com/), it has decreased my kitchen waste DRASTICALLY. I only take out my garbage once a week and only then so it doesn’t start to smell – the bag is rarely even half full. They even bring me compost material back. It’s amazing!

  • Joel

    Lmiting the amount of trash, by both using reusable grocery bags, and recycling as much as possible. Fortunately where we live we can separate and recycle just about everything from plastics, paper, metal and glass, to food waste.

  • Neeltje

    Cutting down on meat! Lots of inspiration on your site to do so. Thanks for that!

  • Stacy

    Instead of using so many paper towels, try to use washable, reusable cloth towels.

  • Hilary

    Using small cloth bags I can carry in my purse helps a lot (no car!) and while U.S. stores don’t yet charge for plastic or paper bags, I feel better using fewer of them. Those glass containers for leftovers (and lunch bags) are great, too.

  • PlumGaga

    As I live alone, the most important thing I do is to avoid buying food in quantities I can’t use up.

  • Susan

    I think composting is most important. So much kitchen waste can go back into the garden, via a compost pile, to use as fertilizer. Composting takes a lot of material out of the waste stream.

  • kathryn

    when prepping vegetables such as carrots, leeks, or fennel, i add the ends to a bag that i keep in the freezer for soup stock parts.

  • terri

    While I agree with all the other comments, the one that’s made the biggest difference for me is making and taking my own lunch. For example, making my own yogurt has eliminated those plastic containers from my kitchen. But even just taking leftovers is not only cheaper, but also means food is less likely to go to waste. It also eliminates all of those disposable products from takeout food.

  • Heather in Oregon

    I would say that composting and simply consuming less have been equally important

  • Monika Jankowiak

    We collect our kitchen scraps and either save them for stock or use them for compost. One of many important steps we all should take.

  • Amy

    Reducing food waste. I’m trying to make use of all the food in the fridge/freezer/pantry – doing my best not to throw anything out or let anything go bad.

  • Emily

    I think buying local is the most important “green” kitchen tip.

  • Delly

    Unplug small appliances when you are not using them – don’t just turn them off – to reduce electricity usage.

  • Cathy

    Using fewer paper towels and substituting more kitchen cloths!

  • Kirstin

    We use re-useable sandwich and snack bags; I try to use re-useable grocery bags whenever possible, but we still have WAY too many plastic bags – but we re-use those as trash bags, too!

  • dax22

    I try to buy foods with as little packaging as possible. I have cut down on paper towels, saran wrap and aluminum foil. Composting scraps too.

  • Hilary

    Always sorting and properly storing produce so that it does not go bad in the fridge before you get a chance to use it. This is my 4th or 5th year in a CSA, but the 1st year that I’ve paid close attention to which veg should be wrapped in damp towels, which ones should be put away dry, etc…

  • Noel

    I think the most important thing to do is to reduce waste from prepackaged/processed foods. Buying whole, natural foods automatically means less packaging. It’s both healthy and environmentally friendly.

  • Anne

    I compost and recycle everything I can and have reusable shopping bags but have never seen any reusable produce bags (aside from paper ones!) here is Aus. What a great idea to reduce the use of plastic.

  • Deb

    Composting, reusing everything possible, conserving water and electricity, recycling… It is difficult to choose just one. Merci pour les prix.

  • Stacey

    For me I think it’s recycling and cutting down on food waste. I travel quite a bit so I’ve really cut back on the quantity of produce I buy – just enough for one or two meals at a time because so much was going bad while I was gone on trips.

  • Christie

    Not wasting food. Much of the veg that is on its last legs gets turned into soup or stew and then frozen for lunches. Fruit tends to be reincarnated into muffins.

  • http://www.mymixingbowl.com Stacy

    Reducing food waste–we try to plan our meals to utilize all of the food we purchase, so nothing ends up going bad and ending up in the garbage.

  • Karen

    I think meal planning is so important. Especially when you have a small household, small stomachs but big appetites, it’s important not to neglect and ultimately waste the leftovers. Takes discipline, at least for me. I hate throwing away spoiled food.

  • Karen in North Dakota

    All our food scraps go back into the food cycle – either into the compost pile or to our free-range chickens.

  • Cassandra

    I either compost my scaps or feed them to the chickens. That way literally nothing goes to waste.

  • Ruth Siegel

    Using glass containers for food storage instead of plastic ones.

  • julie

    we use the reusable shopping bag, but it just got a hole in it after 3 years. this would be perfect!

  • Jennifer C.

    I like to reuse plastic sandwich bags and disposable silverware.

  • Jan

    Making sure food is eaten and not thrown away, and composting food peels and scraps.

  • Melissa

    Reducing waste, both with food and packaging.

  • Stacy

    Buying locally to cut down on transport costs and support local farmers; and buying real, whole unprocessed food that doesn’t come with extra packaging!

  • Ben

    I started keeping a compost bin, and I was amazed at how much it reduced my trash output

  • Dora

    Composting is my favorite environmentally friendly kitchen practice.

  • Vikki

    I recycle all of my kitchen packaging.

  • Merna

    Recycling, reusing, repurposing

  • Tummywise

    Composting kitchen scraps are important. No wastage.

  • http://www.momanthology.com marybeth

    I really want to get better about using reusable bags. THese are great for food

  • thu

    better planning to use less and waste less!

  • Stephanie S

    I live in Seattle where you have two choices when it comes to bags for grocery shopping: bring your own or pay for one. Well before this law went into effect I had my own bags, they’re practical for many other uses and they are so much cuter than plastic or paper sacks from a store. I love my Flip & Tumble that I already have and would love more!

  • marie

    Adepte du tri carton/ verre, je vais commencer la grande aventure du compostage, ayant enfin un balcon.
    Mais l’un des gestes les plus improbables de mon quotidien est d’utiliser des mouchoirs en papier recyclé, non traité afin de ramasser les déjections de mon chien, plutôt que des sachets en plastique.

  • Ursula

    While reusing, recycling, and composting are all fantastic kitchen habits, I really think it starts where (and what) you purchase to prepare in your kitchen. Buying local and organic is not only good for your health, but it keeps your food carbon footprint down, and harmful chemicals out of the environment.

  • Jo

    Reduce, recycle and re-use. I try to do this with everything that I purchase.

  • Jennifer

    In addition to reducing food waste, I would add replacing disposable paper napkins with cloth napkins. We reuse them a few days before laundering.

  • http://www.thesweetbeekeeper.etsy.com christiana

    Cut a grapefruit in half, eat it for breakfast, fill the remaining peel with rock salt and use it in the bathroom as a cleaner for the bath and basin.

  • Rebecca Drew

    Looking at where my food comes from (food miles etc) and then not wasting once it’s in the kitchen is definitely my biggest tip – easier said than done sometimes I know…

  • felix

    i try to use less meat and less food that comes from halfway round the world.

  • http://urbanfoodlover.wordpress.com/ Adity

    I try not to waste food..especially using up all the perishable veggies and fruits and buy as many groceries as required for the week

  • Mia

    Buying local food and cooking real food for my family is the most important to me!!

  • Shelly

    We’ve been menu planning, and that saves us a lot of $$ and we throw out far less waste.

  • Prachi

    Lovely giveaway. I already use reusable shopping bags, but dont have a good solution for produce bags yet – would love to try these out.
    Thanks for the chance !

  • kanadelf

    super idée les sacs pour les fruits et légumes!
    Pour moi il est important d’essayer de manger local et de saison le plus possible (fruits et légumes frais).
    On essaie aussi de réduire nos déchets…

  • Leticia

    Buy better food and not waste it.

  • Marina

    eating locally and seasonally is most important for me! Or does that go without saying? :)

  • Johanna

    Composting.

  • Tamsin

    I try to buy only what I need to avoid any waste. I find making a weekly menu really helpful for this. I also try to buy fresh, seasonal produce from my local farmers market whenever possible to cut down on packaging and food miles.

  • Steph

    Ils sont supers ces sacs ! J’apporte toujours mon propre sac quand je vais au marché ou au supermarché et j’essaye d’acheter la juste quantité pour ne pas risquer de devoir jeter. Dans la mesure du possible, j’évite d’éplucher les fruits et légumes (courgettes etc.) ou je réutilise la peau : orangettes !
    J’achète local et de saison!

  • SLG

    I use glass canning jars for almost all my kitchen storage to cut down on plastic and disposable storage containers. I also save and repurpose jam and spice jars and other sorts of glass containers– in general, I think reusing (containers or anything else!) is an important practice.

  • Marlene

    Reusable bags really help reduce one’s carbon footprint. And using reusable bags made from recycled fibers, instead of first-use nylon would take it to the next level, because nylon has a very heavy carbon footprint.

    So my suggestion would be to find a source of recycled-content bags. It seems a pity that the intent to pollute less results in supporting the production of new nylon. And recycled-content bags are readily available.

  • Clara

    Trying to eat more “in season”. Besides being better for the environment, it taste better and is less expensive.

  • Alicia K

    Composting and recycling.

  • Kat

    Recycle everything we can and use glass storage containers instead of plastic.

  • Joni

    I think the best thing we can do is generally try not to be as wasteful. It’s so easy to buy a bunch of produce and then forgot about some part of it, and before you know it, it is rotting in the back of your refrigerator. Also, I always cook enough to make sure we have plenty of leftovers, but sometimes things come up and we don’t get to finish the leftovers before they go bad. This is very wasteful, so we try very hard to prevent it.

  • Allison

    The most important habit for me is minimizing waste- and a lot of things fall under this umbrella: don’t let food spoil, use as many parts of the plant/animal as possible, compost scraps, use reusable bags/containers, repurpose plastic bags as many times as possible), etc!

  • Linda B.

    Limiting my use of water and trying to eat with the seasons.

  • Cristin

    Composting.

  • margie s

    Buy only what you need for the next couple of days!

  • Doug Morin

    Definitely composting and it’s close relatives recycling and reusing.

  • Avital Ordan

    Compost and reusable produce bags

  • Helen

    I follow “reduce, recycle, and re-use”.

  • syrahsuzie

    We compost all vegetable scraps and tea and coffee grounds. We don’t compost citrus fruit but those where I have used the rind I put in a net bag in the dishwasher to keep everything sparkling and where I have only used the juice I put them in white vinegar to make my cleaning solution.

  • solange

    For me, it’s a toss up between going organic, composting, and soaping up the dishes with the tap off. I’ll have to go with buying and cooking as much organic food as we can.

  • http://mrsredbootsfood.blogspot.com/ Annabel

    We almost never have to throw food away, and always use cloth or other re-usable bags when shopping.

    One tip: if, like me, you like lemon in your tea, cut your lemon into slices and freeze them, so you don’t have half a lemon going increasingly mouldy in the door of the fridge! They can perfectly well pop into your tea from frozen, and render it almost instantly a drinkable temperature. Also makes good “ice cubes” in drinking-water.

  • Justine

    Composting, recycling, and buying local!

  • Tanya

    Composting, reducing use of disposable containers, buying organic and local when possible.

  • Robert

    The most environmentally friendly practice is to use less water in the kitchen. I always wash or rinse dishes using a cascading approach where the water is utilized economically by letting it run from one dish to another. In other words, you are reusing water and it feels just right as you do it!

  • Alexandra

    Cooking simply, so we don’t end up with one-use specialty ingredients that spoil before we can use them.

  • Magdalena

    I think all this smaller and bigger things we do in the kitchen for environment are very important. I try to re-use the plastic bags, I carry my shopping bag always with me to the market… Essential for me is to never throw out the food. I always try to be creative and to use really everything I buy. Sometimes I buy too much – I invite friends to come over!Beeing seasonal is also the key for me – saving money and eating healthy. Thank you!

  • Sharon F

    Aside from vegetarian and organic cooking, a big environmental impact can be achieved by reducing or eliminating food waste. Buy only what you will eat, find creative uses for the less desirable parts of the item (stock, etc.), and compost whatever can’t be consumed.

  • pao

    There are a few things I do in my kitchen, such as trying not to waste any foods (consume all leftovers, use onion peels and chicken bones for stock, etc.) and whatever I cannot use or reuse, I compost it — either in my worm bin or through the city. Also, I make sure to use reusable containers to store food instead of plastic zip-top bags or single-use containers. I’ve noticed the amount of trash we take out has reduced noticeable since we started being more aware of what we use and consume.

  • http://www.spritewrites.net sprite

    Not overbuying at the market. Such a struggle, particularly when everything looks so tempting!

  • Ptinutz

    Une habitude bonne apprendre est de prévoir ses repas… ca évite les déchets et le gaspillage.

  • Sarah

    Creative leftovers! Too much food (and other stuff) gets thrown away every year. Being careful with what we have not only is better for the environment, but also teaches us to be more mindful of what we eat in the first place.

  • http://theblogdaysofsommer.wordpress.com Sommer

    I’ve started composting. It’s great because it cuts back on my trash and contributes to the soil in my garden!

  • Filicophyta

    For me, it’s not wasting food. It takes so many resources to grow, transport and retail it, and yet according to what I read, amazing amounts get thrown away from household kitchens. (I know I do more that I’d like.) It takes realistic planning (I know that once or twice a week I’ll be too tired from work to cook, yet often buy as if I will) and sometimes eating something you are ‘not in the mood for’ if it’s going to go off soon. Doing well here could help the environment a lot

  • Charley Suggs

    Recycle Reuse Reduce

    (Yeah, I know that’s three things but they are really important.)

  • heather

    It’s important to compost if you can and to recycle what you can and to use use glass instead of plastic whenever possible.

  • vt

    I’ve been trying to compost as much as possible. I have 2 bins of worms in my apartment that are happily eating up things that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

  • Kathy

    Reusing and recycling plastic bags – the things that don’t break down in landfill.

  • Naomi

    Use a pressure cooker, eat all the food you buy, avoid air-freighted imports (including flowers), compost. I don’t think a strict “buy local” diktat is very useful as it depends on the locality’s climate. Thanks to other commenters for useful tips!

  • Jessica

    I think shopping every day (or as often as possible) makes the biggest difference for me in reducing waste. Sometimes I get tired of looking at something after a week, and it becomes a chore to eat it.

  • Uma

    Hi Clotilde,

    I try to reuse water when possible. For example, water that has sterlized baby bottles can be used to soak / clean dishes. Water that has been used to was rice can be reused for cleaning. Any other tips are welcome. Thanks, Uma

  • Emma Lee

    I try to use as few paper towels as possible, and also waste as little food as possible!

  • Katherine

    Collecting and freezing vegetable trimmings for stock. Whenever my trimmings bag is full, I can make a quick and delicious vegetable stock using ingredients that most people just throw away!

  • rose

    The kitchen is the easiest place to be good to the environment. I have so many. My most important these days is to not buy GMOs. I live in the US. In doing so I don’t buy prepackaged food so there is less waste right there. I buy local first, then organic, although unless the dairy is organic, I buy from the EU. My footprint is light in so many other ways. I also carry my own bags. I only have one small one to fit into my purse so these would be nice to have on hand.

  • Anna

    Reduce water consumption. Give preference to buy food from local farmers and companies.

  • Shanna

    I use my compost in my veggie garden!

  • Marie

    Composting food waste is super important but can be extended to things like napkins and coffee filters. So nice!

  • Melanie

    The DIY movement for home made cleaning supplies and cosmetics has got to be somewhere on the list. All the unnecessary chemicals and factory processes have got to be having a huge impact on the environment, not to mention all the one-time-use, throwaway packaging that needs to be produced and distributed.

  • Briana

    So many things I could write.When I have too many veggies they go to our chickens, you can’t beat veggies making better eggs for us to eat!

  • http://cookingmadly.com Dustin

    We try to make sure to use all our scraps, whether it’s bones for chicken stock, vegetable scraps for veggie stock, or turning extra fruit into jam.

  • Gathe

    Ne rien jeter, tout ré-utiliser! on y arrive en congelant, bien souvent, parfois en séchant, en faisant des conserves, ou en ré-utilisant directement tout ce qui pourrait en théorie finir à la poubelle : carcasses et os, zestes d’agrumes, blancs d’oeufs surnuméraires, restes, fruits un peu abimés…

  • emi love

    So great! I’ve been meaning to entirely convert over to cloth grocery bags.

  • http://x-innovations.wwdb.biz/Home.aspx Elizabeth

    I use plastic bags and cardboard boxes as waste containers, instead of being waste themselves.

  • Hilary

    we compost, have a worm farm, recycle and re-use bags and containers, use produce bags and roll up shopping bags, and make soda water with a soda stream – that saves so many plastic bottles, not to mention weight in the grocery bags!

  • http://revessurpapier.wordpress.com Rachel

    For me, I’d have to say both reducing and recycling waste – both in terms of food and packaging. I try to buy as much of my fruit and veg as possible from my local farmer’s market, but it drives me nuts that a lot of it still comes in plastic bags… I would definitely make good use of those produce bags if I am lucky enough to win them! :)

  • Caitlin

    I am an avid composter! I then use it in my garden to grow more yummy stuff!

  • Dragana

    Eating local, seasonal produce. Composting. Using reusable shopping bags.

  • Bailey S

    Eating everything we buy. Or, not buying more than we can eat. It’s always disappointing to see untouched food go in the trash. (And we were told to not compost under our porch at our apartment anymore.)

  • Kristin

    Avoiding! Plastic! Produce bags! I must drive the check out clerks mad because my fruits and veggies tumble and roll along willy nilly, but I refuse to put them in plastic and I have been frustratingly lax about making my own bags. I think you can see where this is going…:)

  • alicia

    I like to buy what I can from the bulk bins and store them in glass jars and containers. Less needless product packaging in the kitchen!

  • Stephanie

    I always recycle and use homemade cleaning supplies to avoid chemicals and other toxins. I also love the reusable shopping bags.

  • Jamie

    Buying as little packaged food as possible

  • Emilye

    Re-use all scraps (from vegetables or fruit) and leftover food in other dishes as much as possible, as well as reduce the use of plastic.

  • Joanne

    It’s silly but I never thought to bring my own produce bags. Especially for veg, which you often get one if, I just plopped them right on the belt to avoid plastic produce bags.
    I compost as much as possible and try not to throw anything away. If something gets close to expiry and we haven’t used it yet, we cook or roast it and stick it in the freezer for future use. I’d like to use meal planning in the future to reduce food waste even more.

  • Helen kennedy

    Composting veggie scraps and then recycling as much packaging as possible. My city has a great recycling program.

  • Vasudha

    I pressure cook as much as possible. And also, bring my own bags everywhere.

  • oxalis

    Reusing and recycling everything possible!

  • msue

    My most satisfying environmentally-wise habit is simply to not waste food. I’m careful to use all edible parts of veggies, and to use ends and bits to make broth. Same goes for chicken, beef, etc., in which the carcass can be used for stock. Remembering that food comes from the hard work of farmers, and that meat & poultry are possible because some animal sacrificed its life inspires me to not waste a drop.

  • Karen Gaylin

    When I rinse/wash vegetables, I capture the water and use it to water house plants .

  • Christy

    Composting!

  • Jennie Hollister

    I haven’t used bags from stores since 1992 after buying those lovely French bags during my trip there.

  • http://www.brochite.com Broc

    Though it’s easy to be lazy, I always recycle and never use paper plates/cups.

  • ChazB

    I only dream about using re-usable bags for produce and bulk grains. I had one, but I think the moths took a liking to the grain residue. So one of the most important kitchen habits is to make use of reusable bags for all your grocery/market shopping.
    thanks Chazzzzz

  • Audrey

    I try not to use too many bags when I shop, or to bring my own. Also, I reuse plastic ziplock bags and lunch bags and prepare food and use tupperware as much as possible rather than buying packaged food at the university where I work. In the States, it’s an uphill battle; everything is so excessively packaged so that we can all be on the run!

  • Donna M. Jackson

    String bags for produce, heavy canvas bags (one like a purse)—ever since lived in Germany 1966. Compost all my like (what raccoons, deer, bear don’t get), gray waste water for yard. Cover leftovers in bowls with saucers (my grandma did) or leave in pan and cover top. Wrap with wax paper—can compost. Also fill empty spaces in freezer with water filled milk cartons. Use a solar oven.

  • edenz

    We compost our veggie scraps.

  • Meghan

    I always try to have my reusable shopping bags with me, but have never thought about reusable produce bags – what an excellent idea.

    I compost all of my kitchen scraps in my worm bin and use the remains to nourish my container garden.

  • Kim Andrews

    To use the produce I purchase, instead of “forgetting” it and having to throw it out because it went bad. I love buying fresh veggies and preparing them but have gotten into a bit of a rut with fixing them the same way. Saw your latest cookbook and have it on my wish list hoping to get new ideas for cooking veggies.

  • http://carolynknits.wordpress.com Carolyn

    Definitely reusable bags, I’ve been getting better at actually remembering them lately. I need to think about options for snack baggies, too. I try to reuse them as much as I can.

  • http://www.biom.net Kitty

    I try to use all the parts of the food that I’m cooking with. For instance, using carrot tops in salads or tempura when I’m cooking with carrots. It’s a true challenge to compost as little as possible that can still be eaten!!

  • http://Www.bowlfulofcomfort.blogspot.com Xena

    I try to compost vegetable scrap and use glass containers, which are reusable.

  • Claudia

    We have a wormfarm on the balcony for scraps. And we’ve been using reusable bags for years, but none so lovely as the ‘flip’!

  • Andrea

    I used to maintain two worm composters until my husband and I moved to the US. Otherwise, always use plastic containers to store food and we recycle as many food containers as possible,

  • Megan

    Bringing your own bags is a great place to start!

  • sara

    Reducing food waste by buying less and more appropriately and composting. The amount of energy and space saved by not hauling compostable food waste is enormous!

    I love my flip and tumble bag, 4 years strong!

  • Patricia

    I compost vegetable scraps and used it on my garden.

  • Alejandro

    I always use reusable bags.

  • Carolina

    I take care of how much water I use and always use reusable bags!

  • Annetje

    Try not to buy more than you need and do not trow away anything that could be re-used

  • Ingrid

    I think not wasting any food is the most important – as well as minimizing plastic containers of every sort.

  • lori

    Reducing food waste. Making sure you don’t have to throw out unused food saves both money and the environment.

  • Christopher

    Buying local organic produce that helps the community and saving leftovers for lunch(es)!

  • Ellen

    Composting vegetable peels and Re-using plastic containers

  • Lucia

    I think trying to reduce the amount of plastic is very important, I also try to buy locally as much as I can!

  • Sam

    While cleaning up in the kitchen it’s important to be aware of how much water you’re using to clean and wash your plates. If you’re scrubbing a pot or pan you should always remember to turn off the water so as not to waste.

  • Fa Ruce

    Saving water! This is for me SO important! It hurts me when I see how much water we waste. Make good use of the dishwasher. Use left clean water when making tea, coffee or cooking eggs for the plants.

  • http://brittanypowell.com brittany

    We subscribe to a CSA, and I try to make the most of everything we get. If we can’t finish all of our produce, we roast/freeze/can it.

  • Rosmyra

    I think it is really important not to buy food with a too big packaging and not to waste.

  • Ali

    We buy only as much as we will eat, recycle all those plastic bags from our produce purchases, and reuse as much as possible!

  • Jean

    I actually use the flip n tumble produce bags. My mother-in-law introduced produce bags that she brought back from India. She claimed that they made veggies last a lot longer than produce bags. I was skeptical and found the flip n tumble version to be the best. Not only do I reduce the pile of plastic bags I have (I reuse them), they really do prolong the life of veggies, especially leafy greens. Plastic bags trap moisture n makes them rot. The produce bags releases the chemicals from the deteriorating veggies so it doesn’t rot as fast. I love my produce bags n can always use more.

  • Kim

    Recycling. I live in a country without a recycling program and it pains me every time I throw away a recyclable item

  • Lisa

    Using real towels or Tupperware instead of one time use. We also cut all of our kitchen sponges in half to get twice the use and as a bonus, they fit better in glassware and in my small hands.

    • Fa Ruce

      Oh! I just do the same with the sponges! I didn’t think somebody else do the same! Hi, hi!

  • rebecca

    In our house, we are very mindful of minimizing food waste. We very rarely throw away food. When I am thinking about what to make for dinner, I will think about what we have in the fridge that needs to be eaten and create a meal with those items. It is great for creative cooking also!

  • Margaret

    There are so many little things and I’m not sure what is most important. Reusing as much as possible for bags and containers is something that is easy, but reduces a lot of waste and plastic. The other thing I try to do is not waste water using too much when washing dishes. Water is such a precious resource…

  • Victoria

    I try to buy what I need so I don’t waste food! I also like to buy local.

  • Allison

    I save veggie and meat scraps (in the freezer) to make stocks for soup. The scraps get a second life this way. I used to live somewhere where I could compost meat scraps/bones and the strained leftovers were then sent to this bin.

    I don’t like to throw food away and always try to come up with a second life.

  • Hilma Gunnarsdottir

    I use eco-friendly products as much as I can and buy local.

  • Yulie

    I think you just have to reuse whatever you can, whether it’s saving some older veggies and herbs for soup, re-purposing jars for storage or gifting (after boiling them, of course), or turning old towels that have outlived their usefulness into rags.

  • http://www.robinoriginals.com Robin Bergman

    I’ve been composting everything I can for years now and using my own shopping bags. I’m trying to buy more produce from the farm stand and less from stores that pack everything in plastic. I especially dislike it when organic food is packed in plastic (eggs, milk). I also make my own lattes mostly unless I am on a business trip and have no choice. I think about how many coffee cups and lids are being thrown out every day…

  • Lori Krasner

    The coffee grinds that are left at the bottom of the French Press….I fill the container with water, stir up the grinds and go outside to water my plants! Coffee grounds are great for my hydrangeas and rhododendrums!

  • Helen Thurston

    Freeze any left-overs and incorporate them into planned meals. Check what’s in fridge and cupboards that needs using up and base meal plan around them. Any vegetable scraps can be used to make stock.

  • Brigid

    We buy whole foods (less or no packaging) and make meals from scratch. Leftover greens are whizzed in the Vitamix with homemade yogurt for the next day’s smoothie. The best resource however is our dog Scout, a beagle without discriminating taste who will eat anything, except those leftover leafy greens.
    (note: we only feed him dog-appropriate foods)

  • JoEllen Hothem

    We compost! We have a small green bin under the sink where all veggie scraps go, then we take it out to the big compoost bin where we put leaves, plants and grass clippings. Each spring we have some great soil for our flower/vegtable beds.

  • Annelies

    Using reusable kitchen wipes! Many people still use paper wipes but I prefer to wash cloth ones.

  • Susan

    Using what we have before buying more. And eating up leftovers!

  • Emily

    I am working to never use plastic bags, but it is really hard…

  • mirabelle

    This sounds odd but anytime I wash veggies, I re-use the water in my garden – just a step outside and I get to use water for 2 purposes and have to water less!

  • Salome

    I hate hate hate when food goes to waste. I try to shop weekly so this never happens and if I know something is about to go bad, I try my best to use it in one way or another!

  • Justine

    I try to minimize water usage by not needlessly running the tap and by only running full dishwasher loads.

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  • Elise

    I live on a farm, so any fruit and vegetable peelings/cores/ends/scraps go outside to the cows rather than into the trash. Coffee and eggshells go directly into the garden, and everything else that can be composted goes into the big pile and turns into lovely black soil for my garden.

    Everything that can be recycled is, and I also look for products that have low waste packaging.

    The certain plastic yogurt containers that are not recyclable are reused in my classroom for paint pots.

    But perhaps more importantly, I cook almost everything from scratch and take my lunch to work with me in reusable glass containers. Since I also take home my orange peels/apple cores/etc, I rarely have anything to throw out.

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