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France Wants To Forbid Supermarkets To Destroy Unsold Food

AP | Posted 05.22.2015 | World

PARIS (AP) — France's parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms ...

Two Birds With One Stone: Transforming Waste Into Biofuel

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Around the global south, cities struggle to provide electricity and energy to all their residents, and unsurprisingly, the poorest residents are most likely to remain disconnected from formal power systems. Many of the same cities also face an immense garbage challenge: what to do with overwhelming amounts of unsanitary and even toxic waste.

Earthly

Paula Gordon | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Paula Gordon

All politics are local, all days are Earth's. So is it silly that I celebrate finding a company that recycles what I used to toss? Or that I've figured out "starters" for making yogurt sans a heap of "number 5 plastic " yogurt containers? No!

Earth Day: A Two-step Strategy Makes a Sustainable Difference

Brian Kennell | Posted 04.22.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

Sustainability is top of mind as this week we mark Earth Day and Arbor Day, tributes aimed at raising respect for the environment. That makes this the perfect moment to note a new Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report that says, "Brands that place packaging" into commerce must take more responsibility for its life cycle impact.

Cavan Sieczkowski

Temporary 'Trash' Artworks Put Our Oceans' Waste In Perspective

HuffingtonPost.com | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 04.23.2015 | Arts

Alejandro Duran could not believe how many shoes washed up on the shores of Sian Ka'an, a nature reserve located along the east coast of Mexico's Yuca...

'Trash Mountain' Rises Up In Mumbai As City Runs Out Of Space For Its Own Waste

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 03.30.2015 | Green

We have a waste problem. The world throws a lot of things away -- measured to be about 3.5 million tons of solid waste a day in 2013, a number expe...

Sounding a Royal Alarm for the Ocean

Andreas Merkl | Posted 05.25.2015 | Green
Andreas Merkl

Last Wednesday, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, speaking in Washington, DC, to an audience of 100 governmental, corporate and nonprofit leaders, sounded the alarm about the ever-increasing quantities of plastic waste entering the ocean.

"Waste Not" Never Looked Like This

Liz Neumark | Posted 05.16.2015 | Taste
Liz Neumark

Guaranteed, you will look at your pantry and fridge differently.

Am I Still A Rebellious Mom if I Use Disposable Diapers?

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

I have a confession to make: I am hardly using cloth diapers anymore. There it is. I said it out loud. It feels good to get this off my chest.

6 Catchphrases to Connect Your Children to Nature

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 04.12.2015 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Because words send powerful messages to children, you can further help your children connect to nature by associating their wonderful experiences in nature with meaningful catchphrases related to nature.

Banning Styrofoam, Managing Our Waste, and Promoting Sustainability

Steven Cohen | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

The public's increased awareness of the environmental impact of material disposal has led to support for measures such as New York's styrofoam ban. It has also led to a certain amount of moralizing and anti-consumption ideology that, in my view, is less useful.

Poetic Photographs Of Plastic Bags Shed Light On Our Consumer Society

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts

"There are some 500 billion plastic bags every year in the world," photographer Alain Delorme exclaimed to The Huffington Post. "Made in a few seconds...

Government Gold-Plating

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Steve H. Hanke

In addition to supporting members of Congress and civil servants, U.S. taxpayers support welfare recipients. And they support them lavishly, too. Hawaii, Massachusetts, and D.C. residents receive sizeable welfare payments (Read: salaries).

Big Beverage vs. The Environment: The Battlefield in Massachusetts

Phil Sego | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Phil Sego

It seems that it was just yesterday that people drank water from bubblers, and that buying a cold drink meant buying Coke, Pepsi, or 7-Up. But over the past 30 years, there has been a huge shift in what we're drinking -- and how much of it we're drinking, and even where we are drinking it.

Falling in Love With Kathmandu's Trash Heaps

Robert J. Rosenthal | Posted 11.19.2014 | Travel
Robert J. Rosenthal

I'd like to believe that with time and distance from the 1996-2006 insurgency, this issue, and others, will be ironed out and given the attentions -- and solutions -- it deserves.

Recycling Innovation

Jancy Langley | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Jancy Langley

Innovation is iterative. Sometimes change requires interns with fresh perspective. Sometimes it requires people with long-term industry knowledge who understand the parameters of the box we need to think our way out of. Sometimes it requires both.

This Is Why You Don't Mess With The Garbage Man

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 07.21.2014 | Crime

A Minnesota trash hauler is down in the dumps after officials say he illegally unloaded more than a ton of garbage in a customer's driveway as retalia...

How Abstract Art Can Change The Way You See Waste And Consumption In America

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts

If you're a human being who goes on the internet or wanders outdoors from time to time, you know this is a precarious time for planet Earth. While oft...

Getting Rid of NYC's Garbage

Steven Cohen | Posted 09.20.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

The issue of New York's garbage is considered by many to be intractable due to the size, scale and the fast-paced lifestyle that this city is famous for. The city that never sleeps seems to be either too busy or too tired to sort its garbage.

An Open Letter to the Restoration Hardware Returns Department

Nancy Davis Kho | Posted 09.08.2014 | Comedy
Nancy Davis Kho

I wanted to let you know that I mistakenly received an item I did not order from your catalog, and wondered if you could send someone by my house to pick it up. It is a doorstop, sized 8.5 inches by 11 inches by 3.5 inches, weighs 13.6 pounds, and looks to be created entirely from your catalogs.

Ramadan Reflection Day #9: Ramadan Garbage Wars -- Ways to Close the Junkyard

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Over a billion people are fasting this Ramadan and each one of us is arguably on average producing more waste than during the rest of the year. Iftars are held pretty much anywhere you can think of. The hosts more often than not are using paper plates, sytrofoam cups, and plastic forks in abundance to help serve the large number of guests,

Five Reasons Not to Raise the Gas Tax

Randal O'Toole | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Randal O'Toole

The federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money, and some senators have proposed to fix the problem by raising gas taxes. This, however, is the wrong solution because it treats the symptom, and not the underlying reason for the shortfall.

What Do Restaurants Do With Leftover Food?

The Daily Meal | Posted 08.08.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Americans throw away nearly half their food, amounting to $165 billion wasted annually.

New App Gives You Cheap Dibs On Retailers' Excess Food Before They Toss It

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 05.03.2014 | Taste

"Good food is a terrible thing to waste."

Republic Nuclear Dump Fire Threatens Investors, Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Since 2010, a landfill fire has been moving toward 8,700 tons of unlined illegally dumped radioactive waste in Bridgeton, Missouri. The site is in the middle of working-class neighborhoods, right next to the Saint Louis airport, and near a hospital, schools and a great number of businesses.