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What you choose to eat every day affects the climate

The global system for producing, distributing and disposing of food accounts for about 15 percent of household carbon emissions. The average American family of four throws away 20 percent of the food it buys, wasting about $1,500 a year!

Reducing your food waste, and choosing more fruits, vegetables and grains will help you live healthy, save money and lower your carbon impact.

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Stretch the life of your perishable food.
Proper food storage, eating perishable food first and having staples/recipes that help you use leftovers are simple ways to save food and money.

Big or small, compost it all.
Whether you are cleaning out the fridge, scraping your plate or prepping food, composting all of your food scraps is an important way to reduce your carbon emissions.

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Do more to fight climate change!

Ready to take your climate actions to the next level? 
Find additional actions to increase your impact.

Looking for inspiration? 
Read our blog for even more tips and ideas to fight climate change.

Resources to help you get started

Mobile Apps

Cozi iconCozi
Great for family meal planning.
Features: Free web-based tool, shopping list, meal planner, recipe storage
For Android, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Kindle, Windows 8.1 Tablet
Find recipes. Plan Meals. Score Deals.
Features: Free web-based tool, sales/discounts by store location, recipes, meal planner, shopping list
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Food Planner iconFood Planner
Stay organized, eat healthy and save money.
Features: meal plan, grocery list, recipe collection
For Android, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Kindle, Chrome

Grocery IQ iconGrocery iQ
Easily create and share grocery lists, get coupons and save money.
Features: Free web-based tool, food database, coupons, barcode scanning, grocery list
For Android, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Love Food Hate Waste iconLove Food Hate Waste
Great for meal planning and making the most of leftovers.
Features: portion planner, a recipe ‘blender’ hints & tips, meal planner, shopping list
For Android, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Out of Milk iconOut of Milk
Create shopping lists and share with others in real-time.
Features: Free web-based tool, shopping list, to-do list, pantry list, barcode scanner
For Android, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Food Scores iconEnvironmental Working Group Food Scores
Find food scores for nutritional value, ingredients of concern, and degree of processing.
Features: a searchable database with more than 80,000 products, 5,000 ingredients and 1,500 brands
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

From the Ad Council and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Features: Great tips for meal planning, shopping, expiration dates and food storage guidelines
Mobile and desktop friendly website


Fruits and veggies, more matters
From Produce for Better Health Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Features: Find fruits and vegetables that are in season, storage tips, recipes and more
Mobile and desktop friendly website

Portland Sustainable Food Program
From Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)
Features: Find farmers markets, community supported agriculture farms (CSAs), and local food news
Best viewed on desktop


Meatless Monday
From The Monday Campaigns, in collaboration with Center for a Livable Future (CLF)
Features: Resources, recipes and reasons for going meatless one day a week
Best viewed on desktop

Portland Composts!
From Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)
Features: Resources for composting at home, sign up for weekly collection reminders
Best viewed on desktop

Still Tasty
Food storage information from US and State agency food safety guidelines
Features: Easily searchable database of thousands of foods
Best viewed on desktop

Wasted Food
From food waste blogger, Jonathan Bloom
Features: An insightful blog, information and action steps for reducing your food waste
Best viewed on desktop