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Newsflash — We have a waste problem in this country.
Want proof? In the United States, about 40% of our food supply goes to waste. And that’s just food.
We know it's easy to get overwhelmed by how wasteful we are in modern America. Maybe what's missing is some hope, some inspiration, and a helpful way to get started on the path to a more sustainable lifestyle.
Welcome to Unwasted — a podcast all about inspiring everyone to live less wasteful, more meaningful lives.
Each week, we hear the powerful stories of people on a mission to end our addiction to waste. We’ll have conversations full of food-for-thought, fun facts, and actionable tips, tricks, and recipes that you can try at home.
Because while we all may not see eye to eye on everything, the one thing we can agree on, is that we only have one life, one planet, and it would be a shame to waste any of it.
So join us, every week, on Unwasted with Imperfect.


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Researching food waste in America with Dana Gunders
Dana Gunders is quite literally "the woman who helped start the zero-waste movement," according to Consumer Reports. In this fact-filled conversation, learn how what started out as a report on plastics in farming led her to learn that 40% of our food supply was going to waste. Dana is a true expert on food waste who knows the data like the back of her hand. In this candid chat she shares the honest and sometimes shocking truth behind why 75% of Americans believe they waste less food than the average American, why restaurant portion sizes are such a problem, and how on earth farms end up wasting food when their livelihood depends on selling as much of what they grow as they can. She also shares some insight on why expiration dates are so misunderstood and why old food isn't actually what ends up makes us sick. Our chat with Dana is also packed with practical waste-fighting tips like how the surprising benefits of a meal plan that includes a few lazy nights, the waste-fighting benefit of "stir-Fridays," and how your freezer is the magic pause button for perishable food. If you're looking for an episode that will leave you feeling informed and inspired to take action, this is it! Show Notes:Dana's website Dana's InstagramDana's groundbreaking report on food waste in America 75% of Americans believe that they waste less food than the average AmericanThe UN study that found that 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from food waste, or the equivalent of 37 million carsThe Santa Clara study on farm-level food waste that Dana mentioned Dana's waste-free kitchen handbookImperfect's use spinach first post Dana's go-to karaoke song is "I like to move it" Dana's feeling inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg lately. If you haven't seen Greta's speech about climate change to the United Nations, it's a must-watch! 
Going Zero Waste with Kathryn Kellogg
Kathryn Kellogg is synonymous with going zero waste. She's written a book about it, has an incredible following on her Instagram account, and doesn't just talk the talk. She is a living example of how we all can live waste-free — yet still be a functioning part of modern society.Kathryn joined us to talk about the common misconceptions about going waste-free and how you can inspire others in your life to live a little less wastefully.Can't miss moments from the showWhy you need to know more about the products in your life beyond simple labels like BPA-free. Learn why going waste-free doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming. How can you be zero waste without alienating everyone in your life? Kathryn lets us in on her secrets.Hear some of the ways Kathryn reduces food waste in her home. Learn why Kathryn is actually glad that recycling in the US is at a breaking pointLinks to things we talked aboutGoingzerowaste.com Youtube series on recycling 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste Paul Hawken- Drawdown IG The Good Samaritan Food Donation Act Wasted: The Story of Food Waste 
Former Trader Joe's President Doug Rauch on Conquering Food Waste and Hunger
Doug Rauch was instrumental in turning Trader Joe's into what it is today — a grocery shopping experience people love and flock toward.Under Doug's leadership, Trader Joe's redefined what it means to go food shopping. He hopes to have the same impact on hunger.Daily Table is Doug's latest venture — a nonprofit aimed at removing the stigma of food shelters so that those in need can get healthy food, without feeling like they're getting a handout.Doug talked with Reilly about the history of organic foods, the secret sauce for how Trader Joe's became so successful, and why he's committed his life toward ending hunger in America.Can't miss moments from the showDoug shares his tips on how grocery stores can reduce wasteHe also shares how we, as consumers, play our part in encouraging grocery store wasteWe learn the inspiration behind Daily Table (hint: it came from a billboard message)Doug shares his secret to happinessLink to things mentioned in the showDaily Table 
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Aug 26th, 2019
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Oct 14th, 2019
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