Guilt gets me when I throw away bread ends because it creates food waste and money drain. Can my new habit be the best thing since sliced bread?
Our Daily Bread
A wave of onus panged me as I recently made PBJ sandwiches for my kids and avoided using the 2 bread ends, which I mindlessly tossed into the trash. This routine act of disregarding the first/last slice in the bag just didn’t make sense; if I gluttonously eat all slices (including the knobby ends) in any restaurant bread basket, why was I above the crusty ends of my own grocery loaf?
Bread of Life
This series of events prompted me to do some research – finding Feeding America
to state that 70 billion pounds of food are wasted in our country each year. With a U.S. population of ~320 million, mathematically each citizen (including little 'ole guilty me) is responsible for an annual 218 lbs. of food waste. It was then that I realized I was on the “heels” of something important …
To do my part, I resolved (with no ifs, ands, or butts) to start eating those butts! And – surprise, surprise – it paid off not only in a larger green effort but also in my personal bread and butter bank account! Check it out: 104 loaves a year (@ 2/week) = 208 end pieces = 9.44 wasted loaves (at 22 slices/loaf according to Ask.com
) = $22.38 annual savings (at $2.37/loaf as said by NationMaster
). OK, that’s just “knead-o”!