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Reducing Waste

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.

This Earth Day, Quit Plastic

Mike Del Ponte | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Mike Del Ponte

Did you know that the average person in he U.S. spends $242 a year on plastic water bottles? Or that two-thirds of these water bottles end up in landfills or in the ocean? Our addiction to plastic water bottles is on the rise and the impact on the environment and our wallets is shocking.

In Praise of Old Restaurant Ware

Linda Buzzell | Posted 05.27.2014 | HuffPost Home
Linda Buzzell

Years ago, Americans used to know how to make things that would last. We seem to have forgotten that skill and for decades now have adopted the practice of just buying something new from halfway around the planet and throwing the old into the landfill.

Students Are Now Competing Across Continents to Reduce the Most Emissions, and Waste, in Their Schools

Veronique Pittman | Posted 05.22.2014 | Green
Veronique Pittman

What began in 2003 in one school as a campus-wide energy conservation competition to raise awareness about energy consumption is now being used as a successful tool for schools and entire districts to meet strict energy savings targets.

Kindergartner Takes Down Trash

Jennifer Tyler Lee | Posted 04.22.2014 | Green
Jennifer Tyler Lee

My son had a simple but powerful plan. The inspiration came from a study of the ocean in his kindergarten class. He started with what he could control--no plastic baggies in his lunch.

This Year's 12 Greatest Strides Towards Reducing Food Waste

Dana Gunders | Posted 02.26.2014 | Food
Dana Gunders

Amidst moving to ban trans fats and demonstrating the threats of routinely using antibiotics in animal feed, the country woke up to the opportunity and moral obligation to waste less food.

R-R- Redundancy -- a New 'R' To Heed

Jacquelyn Ottman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jacquelyn Ottman

At lunch yesterday a colleague asked me what I thought about 'Resilience' as a alternative term for sustainability. I responded that I was still tryi...

Even Ecology Gives Way to Technology and Greed

Gil Laroya | Posted 12.11.2013 | Green
Gil Laroya

As more and more of the world yields to (or joins) capitalism, it becomes apparent that anything and everything that can be turned into money will eventually fall prey.

Lab Grown Patty -- A Solution or a Cause to a More Serious Problem?

Purnima Ramakrishnan | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Purnima Ramakrishnan

We already have the issue of genetically-modified food. And now when we go grocery shopping, are we going to find another label along with genetically-modified food, gluten-free food, organic food, sugar-free food -- real meat and lab-grown meat? Almost funny, but maybe not!

How One Mom Created A Zero-Waste Home

LearnVest | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents
LearnVest

"After living with just the necessities, we realized that we had much more time to spend with our family when we weren't spending it caring for a large house and lots of belongings."

Budget for MOX Program Cut by 75 Percent

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The beleaguered Mixed Oxide Fuel (MOX) program at the Savannah River Site was targeted for possible cancellation last fall, but ongoing discussions resulted in a recent lifeline offered by a top Department of Energy official, which appears to have been accepted by the White House.

Waste More, Want More: Americans Still Throw Away Good Food

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.27.2012 | Green
Andrew Lam

Not long ago, frugality was a virtue. Now, two-third of our economy is based on consumption.

Taking on Our Fair Share of the City's Waste Burden

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 09.18.2012 | New York
Melissa Mark-Viverito

Our trash does not magically disappear overnight -- it has to go somewhere. Residents for Sane Trash Solutions should join the rest of us in taking on their fair share of the city's waste burden.

Why Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Cares About Your Sewage

Eddie Fernandez | Posted 08.13.2012 | Green
Eddie Fernandez

Ostara has managed to successfully turn a burdened waste into a resource that is both sustainable and profitable -- an ideal type of innovation that this world could use some more of.

Making a Green Choice This Earth Day

Chuck Teller | Posted 06.18.2012 | Green
Chuck Teller

This Earth Day, as people try to reduce their carbon footprints, they need not look any further than the junk in their mail boxes.

National "2012 Green Cup Recycle Challenge" Encourages K-12 Students to Rethink Waste and Consume Less

Veronique Pittman | Posted 05.27.2012 | Education
Veronique Pittman

On April 2nd, thousands of students, in schools from Connecticut to California, will aim to "recycle right" for four weeks during the 2012 Green Cup Recycle Challenge.

The Paper Diet: My Quest to Be Paper Thin

Olivia Cranin | Posted 12.24.2011 | Style
Olivia Cranin

Even though we're reading books on our Kindles, taking notes on our iPads, and paying bills on our smartphones, in 2011, is paperless possible?

Disruptive Schooling

Nancy Pine | Posted 12.20.2011 | Education
Nancy Pine

We envy the academic achievement level in China. There are many reasons for their achievement. But one is that instructional time is respected. The teachers teach -- uninterrupted. Not a second is lost.

253 Pounds: Americans Throw Away Their Weight in Food Every Year

Valerie Jaffee | Posted 07.13.2011 | Green
Valerie Jaffee

According to a staggering report from the Food and Agriculture Organization, nearly one third of food produced for human consumption globally is lost or wasted every year.

Rural America and Discarded Clothes

Mattias Wallander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mattias Wallander

21% of Americans live in rural areas. This huge subset of the American population lacks something that most city-dwellers take for granted: easy access to recycling programs.

Be Thankful, Not Wasteful

Jonathan Bloom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Jonathan Bloom

I'm calling on you to help ensure that your group strives to eliminate or minimize waste at your Thanksgiving feast. Here's how.

You Are What You Waste

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

The problem of excess waste goes much deeper than wanting or using too much stuff. It's a deeply ingrained systemic problem that results in damage to our environment and our health in ways that go way beyond trash.

Thinking About a Textile Recycling Program? What Every City Should Consider

Mattias Wallander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mattias Wallander

City recycling programs can't stop at bottles and cans. There's still a lot more local leaders can do to drive down the amount of waste sent to costly landfills each year.

Outside Lands Festival 2010: No Trash Talking

Patrick Pfeiffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Patrick Pfeiffer

San Francisco sets the enviro-bar, both for us permanent residents as well as our passersby. This year's Outside Land's Festival cleared that bar and passed my very own undercover Trash Test.

Tips: Reducing Food Waste

Slate | Nina Shen Rastogi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

A few weeks ago, after serving up some sobering statistics about food waste in America, the Lantern put out a call for your best tips on how to avoid ...