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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Food Rescue! True “foodie” tips!

It’s estimated that approximately 40% of all foods in the U.S. is wasted, annually! The loss accumulates throughout the distribution system, from the point of production to the regular household fridge. Here’s an excerpt from a great article sharing a few tips on how to be more conscientious with the food we produce and use.

  • · Shop wisely. Plan your meals and use a shopping list. For recipe and meal ideas, check out the online resources atwww.ndsu.edu/eatmsmart. Click on “For Parents/Caregivers” to see more grocery shopping tips, shopping lists and economical recipes. Become a “Facebook friend” to get regular tips and video recipes.
  • · Know what the dates on the packages mean. Certain foods, such as baby food, “expire” and shouldn’t be used past a particular date. “Best if used by” indicates quality not necessarily safety, and you can use the food for a while beyond the date as long as it has been kept in the appropriate storage conditions.
  • · A “sell-by” date is meant for the store, which shouldn’t sell the product past that date. However, you still can use the food at home. For more information about food storage, including suggested storage times for a wide range of foods, see the “Food Storage Guide” atwww.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/foods/fn579.pdf.
  • · Don’t overlook imperfect produce. Just because vegetables aren’t photo-ready doesn’t mean they are inedible. Be willing to purchase and use fruits and vegetables with variations in size, shape or color. Dark bananas make good banana bread!
  • · Freeze unused ingredients or leftover food. Use moisture-proof, tightly sealed containers. Find out how to freeze a wide variety of foods by checking out the “Food Freezing Guide” at www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/foods/fn403.pdf.

Wasting Less…It’s in the Jeans!

We wanted to share this amazing find! Levi’s latest clothing offerings will integrate recycled plastic!

Wow. Go Levi!

Levi's announces a new product line, Waste

Most apparel companies work hard to give their clothes the sheen of  sophistication or whimsy. Levi  Strauss is trying hard not to.

When its latest line of jeans arrives in stores early next year, the pitch  will be: “These jeans are made of garbage.” Crushed brown and green plastic  bottles will be on display nearby. Eight of those are blended into each pair of  Levi’s new WasteLess jeans, which are composed of at least 20 percent  recycled plastic.

The WasteLess denim collection, unveiled Tuesday, is part of a bigger push to  reduce Levi’s environmental impact throughout the entire process of  making jeans.

“We want to build sustainability into everything we do,” said Michael  Kobori, the vice president of supply chain social and  environmental sustainability.

Read More here.

Another Perspective: Insight From One of Our Summer Interns!

PUSD students have just completed their internship with Waste Less Living through a summer youth internship program offered through Ideal Youth and funded through Pasadena Education Foundation (PEF). We were grateful for these two young ladies –both John Muir High School Senior graduates– for their completing all the projects and tasks assigned to them. They were each very diligent and professional and we wish them the best in both their academic and professional careers.

Gain perspective through one intern’s journey as she talks about her time with Waste Less Living, Inc.:

Being able to intern in Waste Less Living was a great way for me to see how a small business runs.

I was given several tasks, but the one that I remember the most was very important to the founder, Christine. It was a current project that needed a minimum of 250 voters to enter a sweepstakes to get a grant for her business.

She asked me to email everyone I knew who had a Facebook account to vote for her. I sent the emails expecting no replies, but the complete opposite happened. Many people had read what Waste Less Living was and said it’s a great business. They were glad that I was helping a business like Waste Less Living with their outreach.

At the deadline, the number of votes met Christine’s goal. With Waste Less Living, I worked with Microsoft Excel almost every day. I actually learned new techniques that Christine was using to update her contact information, and saw how important networking was to her; she networks with such detailed organization.

Another task I completed with the help of Evelyn, another intern, was to update the events of the 2012-2013 school year in Pasadena. This project was actually one of the hardest, because all the schools have different systems in which they communicate with the students and parents. I had to definitely use my research skills and learn some new ones as well. Although it was a bit harder, I enjoyed this assignment because I saw and figured out what events Waste Less Living, Inc. could attend in the surrounding communities. This would help to prove the credibility of the organization’s products and services.

I really enjoyed my internship with Waste Less Living, Inc. because of the faculty I was surrounded by. I met Stella and Aileen, who were two great people to get advice from when I was confused about anything. Q taught Evelyn and me how to begin a blog and how we could use it. Christine made every task understandable and always had great enthusiasm.

Thank you Christine for letting me intern at Waste Less Living, Inc. It was a great experience to learn new skills and see that it takes a lot of dedication to run and make a small business successful.

–Angelica

To read more about the internship through the eyes of one of our other interns, click here!