The EPA estimates that 27 percent of the American waste stream is organic material that can be composted. We all want to help cut that number down to size, but to a beginner, composting can seem downright intimidating. Potential composters are faced with a myriad of challenges, from limited space to lack of free time. [...] Continue reading →
Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist, NYC and throughout the world Food waste is approximately 14% of the household waste we discard. Food waste is of concern to environmental agencies and municipalities because in landfills food waste is a primary caus… Continue reading →
On track to becoming a zero-waste campus, Arizona State University students tackle food waste. Talking the talk isn’t good enough. Claiming to be a leader in sustainability because you offer specific degree programs in the subject area is one thing—acting along the very lines you promote is another. “People started asking, ‘Well, what about all [...] Continue reading →
Local businesses, big-box chains, national media, small-town shops…almost every market we interact with daily is pushing the “going green” slogan. But even the most educated greenie with the best intentions can miss the fine print. Here are some common mistakes to look for when embarking on your own eco journey. 1. Tossing “biodegradable” items in [...] Continue reading →
While several manufacturers tout that their packaging is “compostable” or “biodegradable,” many consumers are still unaware that these terms come with very specific fine print.
Most at-home composts do not produce the temperature needed to fully break down these types of packaging, and studies show that biodegrable items generally do not break down in a landfill [...] Continue reading →