Medicine and Drinking Water: An Unlikely Connection

Medicine disposal is becoming a crisis earlier than many expected, and one place that is feeling the brunt of it is fresh water. Almost every time that we flush medicine down the drain due to an expiration date, it ends up in lakes and streams, not only affecting our fish neighbors but also our own […]

Recycling Drugs: A New Innovation

An advancement in the pharmaceutical world is taking place, and you should know about it! Solid drug waste is starting to be recycled! For acetaminophen, tetracycline, and ibuprofen, 66.5% of the drug was recovered on average. Most drugs are disposed of in the trash, toilet, or an incinerator and this is already causing major pollution […]

The Medicine Cabinet Myth

You love saving money. Some of your friends think you are cheap, but you know you are just smarter than them. Here are a few tricks to follow in order to extend the potency of your medicine. First, moisture and heat pose the biggest opponents to drug expiration. Moisture  sensitive medications should be stored in […]

Pepto bismol Perusal

Towards the end of my school year, I stopped by my old chemistry teacher’s office with five bottles full of Pepto-bismol and a puzzling question: can I turn this medicine, which I took last night, into pure bismuth? Sure enough, in science teacher fashion, she responded, “We won’t know until we try it out!” I […]

20%: Food Insecurity

In my podcast episode with Assemblymember Irwin, she mentioned that expiration date ambiguity accounts for 20% of all food waste. For many, this food waste is simply an afterthought that arises when your eyes are bigger than your stomach, but for others it is a much bigger issue.  Here are some facts about the issue […]

20%: The Methane Epidemic

According to Assemblymember Irwin in my podcast episode, expiration date ambiguity creates roughly 20% of all food waste in the U.S. This number may seem monstrous, but how is it affecting us in the long run after it is picked up by garbage trucks?  One impact this food has in the long run is methane. […]

Daily Tips for Daily Food

I hate the feeling of looking at a full container of food expire in my food pantry or fridge, but unwilling to risk food poisoning, the food ends up at the bottom of my trash every time. BUT, the Expire Esquire is here to compile some of the most effective food storage tips. Let’s jump […]

Myth vs Reality

A drug expiration date can be deceiving. You are sure that these little pills work the same, and do you really want to spend all that money just to buy the same drug? Studies show, you might be right in your reluctancy to not trust expiration dates. Drug expiration dates are the last day that […]

“Sell By” Dates, Not What You Think

In 2013, Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Natural Resources Defense Council released an astonishing report with some stunning facts about the amount of food thrown away. However, not all of the blame can be placed on you consumers as food corporations have most of the autonomy in determining the food […]