There are many fun facts about bananas. For example, this fruit, loaded with the muscle relaxing minerals potassium and magnesium, can aid with sleep. They also help soothe an upset stomach.

For many people, bananas are a convenient, tasty, single-serving snack, or an ingredient in delicious quick breads.

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But what about the peels? Do they get tossed right in the trashcan, like any old wrapper?

Food waste is a huge problem. Tossed out food ends up in landfills, and as it decomposes, it emits the potent greenhouse gas methane. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, trashed food accounts for more than 20 percent of all methane emissions, a major contributor to climate change. Discarding food items also wastes resources and money.

Well consider this: banana peels do not have to be trash.

Sustainable America created the following infographic—fun facts designed to rethink the most popular fruit in the U.S.

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Why not try out these great tips? (And remember to buy organic bananas if you can, to help save crocodiles.)