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Some quick calculations, we throw out SO much compost all the time (with Arden not eating toast crusts and such…). I assume we will have even MORE compost as we have more kids too.
So how much money to we basically throw away every year?
We consume 4288 pounds of food per year. We spend about $6480 on food per year. If we throw out 0.5 lbs a day, over the year that means we throw away about $300. So we buy $300 worth of food, and we throw it into the garbage. And that I think is a low estimation! I would think its even closer to $1000. Hard to say exactly.
Now, as per last blog, a significant amount of that is food that we can’t or don’t want to eat, apple cores, seeds, left overs of all sorts. If you could compost it and get something back out of it, even if you only got $200 back from in in terms of savings (maybe you buy less potted soil, maybe you don’t need as much grass seed, maybe your dog eats less dog food cause his diet is supplemented with left overs), well that pays of a couple of nights out, some christmas presents, maybe it can go into savings.
Its these unseen sort of costs and unseen savings right there looking at you that cause death by a thousand cuts financially when not fully considered and acted on. Thing is we are SO rich in the western world, to much to care really about the little things. Its ‘affordable’ to waste money.
I think we have things backwards here, our thoughts, our lifestyle etc.
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