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7 Ways To Repurpose Your Food Scraps

Let’s get real for a second: We throw out so much of our food it’s crazy. We’ll toss out everything from citrus rinds to eggshells because we deem them unusable and not fit to eat. I’m here to tell you to STOP thinking like that! All of those food scraps you toss out like trash are actually treasures to turn into fun creations that’ll make you feel proud. So step away from the trash can and use these hacks to transform your food scraps!  

Citrus Peels // Candy It!

This is almost a no-brainer. Instead of putting piles of citrus peels in your garbage can, you can turn them into a sweet snack packed with fiber and flavor. The peels are where many of the essential oils in the citrus rinds are located, meaning that they have the best flavor. Candying them and turning them into a simple snack lets you get the optimal flavor out of your citrus on a budget.

Leftover Pulp // Cook It!

If you love juicing your own fruits and veggies at home, but don’t know what to do with the leftover pulp, we have the solution for you. You can store some in the fridge or freezer to directly incorporate into ravioli fillings, sauces, and even stir-fried dishes! Or, oven-dry/dehydrate the pulp, which can then be used to make tasty, fibrous granola or even blended into flours to use in baking mixes! This is such a versatile ingredient, and is packed with loads of fiber for extra nutrition!

Vegetable Tops and Bottoms // Plant It!

Many of your vegetables are still alive when you purchase them, so you can easily take the leftover pieces from cutting them up and convert them into more plants! This saves you the trouble of going out to buy seeds for everything, and is a great way to take your scraps and turn them into even more nutritious produce. One caveat to this, however — yellowing of green vegetables is a sign of “death” since they aren’t undergoing photosynthesis anymore. Compost the vegetables in a local composting pile or your own compost pile/bin instead if they’re starting to go yellow.

Leaves of Root Vegetables // Eat It!

One of the biggest food trends of 2017 is “alternative greens,” or replacements to the standards of spinach and kale. Chefs LOVE taking items like beet tops or carrot tops and turning them into stunning dishes, and there’s no reason you can’t do the same! They’re great raw and in salads, blanched and sauteed on their own, or even made into pestos. There’s no limits as to what you can do with these leafy greens!

Animal Bones // Make Stock With It!

Animal bones still have a ton of flavor, regardless of whether they come from a roasted chicken or are leftover from butchering your meat. You can use them  and any extraneous vegetable peels or tops you have lying around  to make a cheap, homemade stock! Season it with salt and pepper, and then use any leftover vegetable tops or peels to help add flavor. Since it all gets strained at the end, you don’t have to worry about bits and pieces in your stock. This will keep for up to six months in the freezer, meaning that you can always have a container of homemade bone broth ready to go!

Eggshells // Get Artsy With It!

Leftover egg shells are hard, brittle, and perfect for using in tons of different ways. They can add texture to paintings, become little sculptures of their own, be turned into trinket boxes, or even be used to add layers and excitement to necklaces and jewelry! All you need to do to prep them is wash them and get rid of the little peel on the inside, and you’re ready to take arts and crafts to a budget friendly, creative new level!

Bean Water // Whip It!

Yes, you can make MERINGUES and other whipped concoctions out of the leftover water from your white bean cans. Cannelini, white northern, and chickpeas all work for this. Simply whip the water like you would egg whites, adding in sugar for sweetness and a touch of cream of tartar or xanthan gum to stabilize it. The result is a sticky, sweet, marshmallow-tasting meringue that can be used to make meringue cookies, bind a vegan cookie or cake together, or just treated as a marshmallow fluff. Seriously, this stuff is so DELICIOUS!


This Danish Supermarket Only Sells Expired Foods and Everyone Loves It


First World countries are striving to end world hunger, yet they are guilty of wasting a ridiculous amount of food themselves.

Now one country is launching an initiative to change that irony by opening its first food waste supermarket. Denmark has opened its first-ever charity market, which sells surplus produce that are past their fresh date or damaged in such a way that they wouldn’t be sold on the shelves of a typical grocery store.


The store called WeFood in Denmark’s capital city of Copenhagen sells their produce for 30 to 50% of their value at normal markets. The store is designed for the environmentally conscious and budget-limited consumers who are looking to save money and the planet. Per Bjerre from the Danish NGO behind the initiative, Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, explained to the Independent:

“WeFood is the first supermarket of its kind in Denmark and perhaps the world as it is not just aimed at low-income shoppers, but anyone who is concerned about the amount of food waste produced in this country. Many people see this as a positive and politically correct way to approach the issue.”

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According to statistics, 700,000 metric tons of food are thrown away in Denmark annually. That is the figure after the country reduced its food waste by 25% over five years. Worldwide, 1.3 billion metric tons of food is wasted each year. The number is “ridiculous,” Danish Food and Agriculture Minister Eva Kjer Hansen remarked.

WeFood is collaborating with other supermarkets, chains and importers to provide the products. Volunteers pick up the supplies to help stock WeFood’s shelves. France has taken a similar course of action by banning food waste and requiring supermarkets to donate unwanted food to food banks and charities.

Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark


Smart Machine That Feeds Stray Animals When Bottles Get Recycled


In the large city of Istanbul, Turkey, an estimated 150,000 stray cats and dogs roam the street. It’s a polarizing topic in the country, and any attempts to eliminate their presence is met with strong opposition. Local animal activists attribute the core problem to the city’s many illegal pet shops and active animal-smuggling trade. With only small fines issued if caught smuggling, many purebred puppies are brought to the stores. There, people buy them as pets but often abandoned the animals when they are too much to handle. The animals are left to fend for themselves on the streets, often malnourished, which is why an innovative company has decided to do something about it.

To raise awareness, a Turkish company, Pudgeon, has designed an innovative vending machine that not only helps feed these stray animals but takes care of recycling, too. When you feed the machine a plastic bottle, it disperses food and water for stray cats and dogs—genius, right? The money made from the recycled bottles is used to purchase more dog and cat food and create more machines. While the machines may not be a sustainable long-term solution, they have brought attention to the issue. For more information about Pudgeon, check out the company’s website and Facebook page.







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Written by Shawn Saleme of Visual News // Via Jezebel


10 Clever Ways You Can Reuse a Banana Peel [INFOGRAPHIC]

Banana Peel Uses

Every year, Americans consume about 3.2 billion pounds of bananas. Do you know how many peels that amounts to? A whole heck of a lot. But the next time you chow down on this fruit, resist throwing out the peel, because there are lots of clever ways to reuse it.

Besides being a great fertilizer for all sorts of plants, banana peels also make for a great leather and silver polisher. Have a bug bite or itchy rash? Just rub a peel over the irritated area, and it’ll help relieve any discomfort. Crazy, right?

Check out even more creative usages for banana peels below!

Banana Peel Uses

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How every recycling bin should look like



These Wine Bottles are Made from Cardboard, 85% Lighter than Glass


California-based Ecologic Brands partnered up with Truett-Hurst winery to reduce the carbon footprint of wine bottles. What are they using instead of glass? Recycled cardboard, of course.

The bottle features the standard Bordeaux shaped and has a plastic liner inside. PaperBoy Wine claims to have a 67 percent  smaller carbon footprint than glass and to be 85 percent lighter than traditional bottles. Even better, you can bring it hiking, collapse it after you’re done drinking (no unwieldy bottle to carry!) and deposit it in a recycling site on the way home.  So, is anyone ready to drink on the top of a mountain with me somewhere? Please? I’ll bring the paper wine.

H/T Design Taxi


Exquisite Motorcycles Made From Recycled Lobster Shells


How many lobster shells go to waste on a daily basis? Too many according to Taiwanese chef Huang Mingbo. We eat the meat and assume we have no more use for the shells. These honorable crustacean’s give their lives so we upgrade dishes like risotto, mac and cheese, salads, ravioli or just simply enjoy the lobster by itself.

Chef Mingbo put his talents to work, utilizing the discarded shells in his restaurant into something more creative: Miniature models of motorcycles made from lobster shells. And like the lobsters they are made from, no two motorcycles are the exact same.


Truly a work of art that transforms something we normally see as waste into a work of art.

H/T + PicThx MyModernMet


Project ‘Subway’ Outfits Models in Napkins and Sandwich Bags

Fashion Project SUBWAY

New York Fashion Week wasn’t just for the top designers and tourists. Subway took advantage of the week-long fashion bonanza to promote Subtember and the $5 dollar Footlong. How, you ask? By holding Project “Subway,” minus Heidi Klum.

In the name of “high fashion,” the sandwich chain had designers come up with eclectic looks featuring only items found in Subway stores. Napkins, sandwich bags, salad bowls and other “items” (like trash you find on the floor ) were transformed into couture creations. A panel of judges including Nastia Liukin and former Spice Girl Mel B, joined Jared (yes, you read that right) to determine the winning dress, which will be displayed in a Subway restaurant in midtown. The winner, Danilo Gabrielli, also received free Subway Footlongs for a year, you know, to help him stay fit for his next fashion show.

Mel B, Jared Fogle

I’ve got to admit that the designs are pretty stunning, once you get past the crinkly plastic and glaring shades of yellow and green. But what I want to know is why no one got really creative. Where are the deli meat dresses å la Lady Gaga? A lettuce hat? A garlic bread bustier? Now that, would have been a sight worth seeing.


Fashion Project SUBWAY