When it comes to sustainability, there is a new buzzword you may be hearing: upcycling. Although it can apply to clothing and household décor as well as other areas, in cooking upcycling means finding creative ways to reuse or repurpose food or materials to prevent waste. It’s a trend that’s just getting started.
Upcycling can significantly reduce food waste. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 45% of US landfills is comprised of food and related packaging. Food waste contributes to 8% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (in comparison, the US dairy industry causes less than 2% of total GHG emissions). All that waste comes at a cost. Americans are throwing away $240 billion worth of food every year, or $1,866 per household.
There are many ways to upcycle dairy to increase its longevity and usefulness in the kitchen, and even cut down on packaging waste.