Set a good example for your family by teaching them the value of food and explaining that they are lucky to have food on the table everyday. Share or donate extra food before it spoils. Offer it to friends, co-workers, neighbors, or local food assistance or recovery programs in the community. People love free food, and unused groceries are no different.
This is about much more than simply getting better at end of life recycling. The less a product has to be changed in reuse, refurbishment and remanufacturing and the faster it returns to use, the higher the potential savings on the shares of material, labor, energy, and capital embedded in the product and on the associated mix of environmental impacts.