We spent the weekend at our parents' house, and when we spend a weekend at our parents' house, we always end up watching hours of the Food Network.
That means at least a little quality time with Rachael Ray.
While the ever-grinning hostess doesn't usually spend her time espousing the virtues of slow food or solar power, we did notice one kind of cool, potentially green habit on her hit show, 30-Minute Meals.
Now, we're not saying Rachael Ray invented the idea of a garbage bowl (a bowl for collecting kitchen scraps as you cook), but she sure did popularize it.
Rachael sells garbage bowls ($14.36) on her site but, obviously, any large-ish bowl will do.
Just toss the food scraps in the bowl as you cook, then, rather than ending up in the trash or down the garbage disposal, they're all in one neat, easily accessible spot, ready for composting or food scrap recycling.