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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 10/22/2017

SOLAR PRODUCTION151.8MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
49,061 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 117.6 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
38,022 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $16,240 DOLLARS SAVED
$5,249,498 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 254,983 MILES NOT DRIVEN
82,422,031 YTD

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11/24/2015

This Thanksgiving – Feed People, Not Landfills

POSTED UNDER Recycling & Waste Reduction

Thanksgiving is a simple idea – give thanks while eating, drinking and being merry with those closest to you. While eating until you drop is as synonymous with Thanksgiving as Macy’s Parade, maybe it’s time to change our thinking on our Thanksgiving feast.

In 2013 alone, Americans threw away more than 37 million tons of food. Wasted food is the largest component of trash in the United States – with the majority of it going into landfills, where it decays and produces methane, a greenhouse gas with more than 21 times the global warming potential compared to carbon dioxide.

Sadly, on the flipside, about 15 percent of Americans do not know from where their next meal will come.
This past September, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the nation’s initial goals to reduce wasted food. They plan to cut America’s food waste in half by 2030.

So … what can you do about it this Thanksgiving? Plenty!

  • Portion control – do you know how much turkey you should plan per serving? This article can give you guidance on portions.
  • Once you have the portions down, plan ahead and stick to your shopping list.
  • Compost food scraps.
  • Use the entire bird; repurpose otherwise thrown out pieces of the turkey for gravies and soup bases.
  • Store leftovers securely in reusable containers
  • Get creative with leftovers – there are plenty of recipes for leftovers to reference and you can even hold potlucks with your friends.

If you can't reduce wasted food, divert it from landfills. Nutritious, safe and untouched food can be donated to food banks to help those in need. This also reduces waste transportation emissions and costs to the landfill.

Find your local food bank.

Thanksgiving is the time to be thankful and celebrate over a decadent meal with loved ones. But it’s also the perfect time to help those who aren’t as fortunate – and reduce our waste. Why not do both?