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Why I Make Zero-Waste Tasty Videos

Why I Make Zero-Waste Tasty Videos


hi I’m Merle and today I’m gonna tell you why I make zero-waste tasty videos tasty has a huge presence on the internet so I feel a little responsible for the content that we put out there and I think we should be cognizant of our impact on the world we get into habits when it comes to cooking and we get them everywhere from our grandmother our dad TV you name it I want it to encourage people to think differently about how they cook maybe get a little Carissa try something new I think the term zero-waste comes with a very high built-in expectation but think of it more as as close to zero as you can get some waste and day-to-day life is just unavoidable but as soon as you start thinking sustainably it’ll spread to other areas of your life and the people around you will start to catch on to that’s how you can create change I’m not as concerned with food waste as I am say it plastic because it’s organic and can naturally decompose when composted you can get really creative with the ways you use extra parts of vegetables the stalks of broccoli and cauliflower are jam packed with nutrients and the tops of leeks are full of flavor challenge yourself it could be fun and maybe you’ll find a new recipe that you absolutely love I’m not the only one who’s done sustainable content ari has been doing wonderful content for years and I’m sure you all know ray has done some really cool zero waste challenges like who doesn’t love ray sorry that I’m not really at home you probably know that you don’t always use every single part of the vegetable this video is inspired by something I do at home myself I keep a little bin in my freezer where I collect any food scraps that I produce throughout the week every week or two I have enough scraps so that I can make a fresh batch of vegetable stock if you’re not buying your own vegetable stock you’re saving money you’re cutting back on over packaged goods and you can control the flavor one of the number-one comments I saw in this video was people saying to make sure you wash your vegetables so it’s not like a trash soup vegetable stock like yes definitely wash your vegetables even if you’re not making vegetable stock you should wash any fresh produce that you get and once you have your veggie stock make sure to compost your scraps to be a hundred percent waste free my brother Nathan is the one who told me that this was even possible in the first place so I owe this success to him thanks Nate after that video proved to be success I was like okay so there’s an audience here how can I take food scraps and make them work for people even more let’s regrow some vegetables this video is another good example of encouraging people to use their food scraps instead of throwing them away in similar to the veggie stock video you actually get free food from doing this one of the top comments I noticed was that people were saying they wish they had more room in their home or their apartments or that they had a yard so that they could actually regrow their own food of course most of us can’t grow all of our food at home but you can grow some of it the whole point of this video is that you don’t need a yard if you have one window with just a little bit of light you can probably grow most of these things in this video the food we eat travels from all over the country and in some cases all over the world to get to us how nice would it be if you had just a few things growing in your very own kitchen a lot of people tell me they kill every plant they own and you know what I’ve killed plants too it happens it’s part of the process some of them are gonna bite the dust but in the end it’s so worth it scallions grow like weeds seriously if you just clip off the bottoms and put them in a little bit of water those babies will be sprouting in no time if you try to grow scallions and nothing happens you should move out of your apartment because it’s probably haunted learning about how much food waste we produced was making me feel a little bit hopeless and I hate that so I was like this is what I’m gonna do show people 10 easy ways to help the environment and day to day life plastic is a huge part of this plastic bags plastic bottles plus wrap utensils straws everywhere only around 9% of plastics are recycled so if you’re thinking it’s fine to buy overly packaged goods because you’re gonna recycle it and you’re better off just not using the plastic at all luckily there are plenty of reusable alternatives to all of those things pick the ugly produce just do it it tastes the same other people are a lot less likely to pick it and then it’s gonna go to waste utilize your freezer if you have fresh produce that you think is just about to go bad toss it in the freezer you’ll give it a much longer shelf life another really easy way to make your produce last longer is to store it correctly tomatoes and peppers are two things that I am always pulling out of my friends refrigerators make sure you look up what things should go in the refrigerator and what things don’t need to go in the refrigerator this will improve both the shelf-life and the taste of your produce I recognize that going zero waste or even just reducing waste is a privilege in itself it’s not something that’s available for everyone and unfortunately overly packaged and overly processed foods tend to be the cheaper options getting fresh produce can get expensive so all you can do is the best you can do finally I think it’s time we start to talk about composting okay composting may not be the sexiest thing in the world but bear with me it’s very very simple I’m gonna break it down for you the composting effect happens when you mix nitrogen rich waste with carbon rich waste basically green stuff and brown stuff after a few months the compost will break down into really nutrient-rich soil that you can use in your house plants in your garden or give away to friends and neighbors the compost bin that I use at home is a small counter top one and it has a carbon filter in the lid so you can’t smell anything if you don’t feel like having a compost bin on your counter you can always just freeze your food scraps and drop them off at the nearest compost receptacle over time landfills create anaerobic environments for breaking down matter these oxygen less environments break down organic matter you methane producing bacteria that methane is then released into our environment contributing to global warming so when you compost at home or when you drop your food scraps off at a composting facility you’re ensuring that your personal waste doesn’t contribute to greenhouse gases and instead can be recycled back into the earth I understand how overwhelming it can feel when you think about the state of our environment composting is a really easy way to do your part see if you can bring the practice of composting to your work or your school or your home that little change will make a big difference and it’s an easy way to become more waste free and environmentally friendly in your day to day life I genuinely believe that most people are good and that they want to do good but you can’t expect people to turn their lives upside down just because you say they should or I say they should a more constructive way to get your point across is to state the problem offer easy and approachable solutions and make it clear what people have to gain from doing it if you do that and you don’t give up you can absolutely make a change make sure you subscribe to good full for more sustainable tips and recipes and ways to try to save this planet

25 comments found

  1. Even tho you laughed and say wash your veggies… Those mushrooms were not washed u put in blender …. Fyi they are grown in 100% horse shit….

  2. Zéro/low waste is the way to go! However it’s not realistic for every person and we do what we can, including myself. All you can do is try!

  3. I know this is going to sound obvious, but she really knows her stuff and you can tell that she really cares and is respectful. Appreciate that a lot. Thanks!

  4. Okay as good as this message is: her name is fucking Merle. She looks like she washes her hair with river water and wears bracelets you can smoke.

  5. I love this so much I’ve gone to culinary school so I know a few ways to save on food waste but this is a great educational video on helping people cut back on their footprint

  6. im a plus sized woman, and im ashamed of my naked body. im considering suicide 🙁 can someone please talk to me i have no one

  7. The problem here is that Tasty focus on "Zero Waste" only when they're making a "Zero Waste" video, which makes the whole concept kind of pointless. It's like you say you're on a diet and prove that by eating a salad on top of your regular cheeseburger.

  8. This woman is a vegan angel..she doesn't sound so pushy n sarcastic like most vegans trying to encourage people to be vegan..n she's beautiful, it's a great package..n im a straight woman..just admiring her..

  9. All my food scrapes go to my dogs food, since they can't eat normal dog food I make rice with all the vegetable scrapes and even tho I'm vegan I get bones and stuff like that from my parents food lmao

  10. Let no waste go to waste! Beautiful video – and we will now eat the entire stalks of our broccoli's!

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