food waste

7 Strategies for a Zero-Waste Lunch

A glimpse inside a break room garbage can at work likely reveals an astonishing amount of waste from snacks and lunches. In fact, nearly half of the solid waste stream is comprised of packaging and paper goods, according to As You Sow, and food…

Fatbergs: A Sewer Menace You Might Be Helping Create

My mom’s words rang in my ears: “Don’t pour grease down the drain!” But I was in college and had no idea what else to do with the bacon grease. It was only like a tablespoon, I rationalized, so down the drain it went with some hot water….

Zero-Waste Party: Your Guide to Pulling It Off

Parties are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to creating unnecessary waste. It might be easier, and possibly cheaper, to grab disposable everything for your next big bash, but is it really worth it? Why not go all in and pledge to throw an…

10 Products to Green Your Picnic

Dreaming of dining barefoot in the park or feasting with silky sand beneath your toes? Before you head off to frolic in the summer sun with picnic basket in hand, be cognizant of your personal impact. Try these sustainable swaps when planning your…

This Cider Saved Apples from Rotting Away

As Utah’s only hard cider maker, Mountain West prides itself on using as many local ingredients as possible. And now, they’ve taken that to a whole new level, with a sustainable twist. The Salt Lake City–based cidery has teamed up with nonprofit….

5 Fun Ways to Recycle Your Jeans

Clothing is probably one of the easiest things to avoid putting in the trash, yet Americans throw away 13 million tons of textiles every year, which is about 85 percent of our clothes. There’s no need for this. Next time you’re staring…

The 5 Most Interesting Things We Learned About Recycling from a Pew Study

Did you know that the gap between the state that recycles the most and the one that recycles the least is a whopping 49 percent? Or that almost every lead-acid car battery in this country gets recycled? We learned this — and a whole lot more — by…

How Does Your City Handle Food Waste?

Food waste is a huge problem all over the world — to the extent that we should be attacking it from all angles. That means individuals, cities and food producers need to come together to find ways to waste less. (Want to know what you can do as an….

See Just How Much Food You — Yes, You — Are Wasting

In 2012, we received some dismal news about food waste. A staggering 40 percent of food is wasted from farm to fork, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Suddenly, we were all running to our fridges to make soups from…

3 DIY Compost Bin Designs You Can Make This Weekend

Composting yard waste and kitchen scraps is a great way to recycle nutrients and divert waste from landfills. There are many ways to make a DIY compost bin with reusable materials. Fall is a great time to get started, because leaves in compost…