Americans Waste $640 on Food a Year

This study is not surprising in the least, however, thinking of the impact rotting food is having on the environment, primarily from methane release, is eye opening.  Keep a log of what you have in your refrigerator and be sure to only buy what you can use within 3-5 days or before the food will go bad!

That’s from a new study by the American Chemistry Council, which found that just 15% of respondents were concerned about the environmental impacts of throwing away so much food.

What upset people most about the waste was cost, with 79% saying lost money was the biggest concern.  About half of the 1,000 surveyed said they felt bad about tossing food in light of worldwide hunger.

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Yet food waste is a major pollution problem. It’s the single biggest item in U.S. landfills, where it rots and releases methane — a powerful greenhouse gas.  Several cities around the U.S. have instituted composting programs to divert some of this waste.

The biggest reason why food spoils is because people either buy too many perishables to begin with or fail to eat leftovers. Three-quarters of respondents said they threw away food once a month. Half said they did it once a week.

The results were self reported, and actual food waste may be even higher. The Chemistry Council noted that the U.S. government puts food waste at over $900 a year per household.

The Chemistry Council — which represents makers of plastic bags and containers — unsurprisingly recommends putting food in plastic bags or containers.

“It’s an extremely efficient way of storing food,” said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics at the Chemistry Council. Russell said plastic bags are better than some other storage containers because the air can be squeezed out, and some plastic cling wraps are designed to release carbon dioxide while keeping oxygen out — which extends the life of some vegetables.

It’s worth noting that there are many ways of preserving food without plastic, including freezing, pickling, or using glass or ceramic containers.

But before you get too down on yourself, consider this: While consumer food waste is bad, even more is wasted on farms or in transit, according to the United Nations.

And it’s not just fat cat Americans. Most food spoilage occurs in Asia, largely due to lack of refrigeration.

(via CNNMoney)

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Product Review: Formula X Heroic

Brand: Formula X
Color: Heroic
Collection: The Shifters Fall 2013

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Shiny. Sparkles. Gold.   Metallics are typically not my go to polish, but there are some metallic polishes that are just so captivating.  Heroic is one of those polishes.  Imagine standing in the sun slightly moving your fingers so you can watch your polish sparkle.  This polish is one of my first encounters with Formula X, which is exclusively sold by Sephora.

Product/Formula

This is a great polish!  The packaging is great and so are the contents!  The square top is removable leaving a smaller handle for polishing.  The formula is easy to work with.

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Application

Applying this polish was a breeze.  It had great coverage, even with just one coat, was not difficult to work with, and it did not apply streaky.  This is a great formula!

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Color

Sephora describes Heroic as “lilac and gold metallic.”  The combination of the lilac and gold very complementary though the color is not as vivid on the nail as it appears in the bottle.  The gold flakes in the polish are quite visible in sunlight at the right angle.

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Wear

The color wore quite well.  Usual tip wear and light chipping after 5-7 days.

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EnviroFactor

Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydrie Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trimethyl Pentanyl Acid/Tromethamine Copolymer (+/ ), Titanium Dioxide (Nano) (CI 77891), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Bismuth Oxychlorine (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Ferr Ammounium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), [14 additional pigments].

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The polish is big 5 free as it contains no Formaldehyde, Camphor, Formaldehyde Resin, Tolune, or Dibutyl Phthalate.  The remaining ingredients are typical of what you would find in a nail polish and some are likely toxic to the lungs and nervous system, which is not at all surprising considering it is nail polish.  It is best to polish nails in a well ventilated area and do not inhale over an open bottle.

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I really like this color.  It was a pleasant experience from a new brand.  Heroic is a gorgeous color with a great formula.  Formula X polishes retail exclusively at Sephora for $12.50.  Though that is a bit above my usual polish spend, however, the polish was not a disappointment.

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Nature’s Pulchritude All-Star!

Eat fresher? Another major food chain to drop artificial ingredients

Eat fresh, now with no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.  Banana Peppers colored with Yellow 5 is very interesting. It again shows that things are often not what the seem in food or cosmetics. In this instance there is no label to read to educate yourself.  There really is a shift occurring in fast food, or so the marketing suggests.

NEW YORK (AP), By Candace Choi, June 4, 2015 — Subway wants to give new meaning to its “eat fresh” slogan by joining the list of food companies to say it’s dropping artificial ingredients.

The sandwich chain known for its marketing itself as a healthier alternative to hamburger chains told The Associated Press it will remove artificial flavors, colors and preservatives from its menu in North America by 2017. Whether that can help Subway keep up with changing attitudes about what qualifies as healthy remains to be seen.

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Elizabeth Stewart, Subway’s director of corporate social responsibility, said in an interview that ingredient improvement has been an ongoing process over the years. More recently, she said the chain has been working on removing caramel color from cold cuts like roast beef and ham. For its turkey, Subway says it plans to replace a preservative called proprionic acid with vinegar by the end of this year.

Among its toppings, Stewart said Subway is switching to banana peppers colored with turmeric instead of the artificial dye Yellow No. 5. Without providing details, she said the chain is also working on its sauces and cookies.

The purging of artificial ingredients is quickly becoming the norm among major food companies, which are facing pressure from smaller players that tout their offerings as more wholesome. That has prompted so-called “Big Food” makers including Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Kraft and Nestle to announce in recent months they’re expelling artificial ingredients from one or more products.

Subway’s announcement comes at a challenging time for the chain, which grew to be the world’s largest restaurant brand by number of locations with the help of weight loss pitchman Jared Fogle.

The company is privately held and doesn’t disclose sales figures. But last year, sales for Subway stores in the U.S. averaged $475,000 each, a 3 percent decline from the previous year, according to industry tracker Technomic.

Subway is facing evolving definitions for what qualifies as healthy, said Darren Tristano, an analyst for Technomic. While older generations looked at nutritional stats like fat and calories, he said younger generations are more concerned about qualities like “local,” ”organic” and “natural.”

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“Change has come so fast and rapidly, consumers are just expecting more and more,” Tristano said.

And although Subway markets itself as a fresher option, he noted that people don’t necessarily see it as the healthiest or best product around.

Last year, Subway’s image took a hit when food activist Vani Hari, known as the Food Babe, launched a petition calling on it to remove azodicarbonamide from its bread, noting the ingredient was used in yoga mats. Subway has said that it was in the process of removing the ingredient, which is widely used as a dough condition and whitening agent, before the issue became a controversy.

Tony Pace, Subway’s chief marketing officer, noted the chain is already seen as a place for low-fat options, but that it needs to keep up with changing customer attitudes.

“As their expectations go up, we have to meet those expectations,” he said.

Pace said the use of simple ingredients is becoming a “necessary condition” to satisfy customers, but that it won’t be enough on its own to drive up sales.