Stop Sending Food to the Landfill

by Sarah Brooks May 03, 2020

Stop Sending Food to the Landfill

OneTabs focus is to use a refill-only approach to reducing plastic waste in our environment and provide an effective cleaning product to our customers. Did you know that there are several organic food items that can easily be reused, regrown and refilled as well?


The most common way of reusing food waste is to compost, if your city offers Green boxes this can be done easily with your weekly or bi-weekly curbside pickup. The City of Toronto provides the following list as items that can be added to your green bin:

  • Fruits, vegetables
  • Meat, poultry and fish products (including bones)
  • Pasta, bread, cereals and rice
  • Dairy products, eggs and shells
  • Cake, cookies, candy and nuts

These items are then turned into nutrient dense compost used to fertilize soil and in some countries it is converted into energy.

Another option is to create your own composting bin on your property. Instructions for building your own composter can be found with a simple Google search and will allow you to build a system that works best for your lifestyle.


There are a variety of vegetables that will regrow simply by placing them root side down in water. The water should be changed regularly (every day or two) and should cover just the roots of the vegetable, approximately ½ and inch of water is sufficient according to

Place the vegetable root in an appropriately sized and shaped container along with water in sunlight and in a few days, you should see some regrowth.

Some of the most popular vegetables to regrow in just water include:

  • Celery
  • Cabbage
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Garlic Chives
  • Fennel
  • Green onion
  • Lemon Grass
  • Leeks

There are also several fruits and vegetables that can be regrown when seeds are planted in soil or after roots are encouraged in water. It is a good idea to speak to your local garden centre for extra tips and tricks for encouraging the regrowth of food scraps as some are a little more complicated than others.

We hope that after reading this you will feel encouraged and inspired to try regrowing or reusing some of your food waste to make our planet and your wallet a little healthier.

Remember before working with food to start with a clean surface OneTab All Purpose Cleaner or OneTab Kitchen Cleaner can provide a clean and bacteria-free surface you can feel good about.  

Sarah Brooks
Sarah Brooks


Promoter of clean homes and sustainable resources. I have been a Business Development Rep for close to 20 years and enjoy assisting my customers in finding products that are right for them. It is always my goal to have everyone at the table feel comfortable and satisfied with their buying choices.

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