food waste

How to Stop Wasting So Much Food

How to Stop Wasting So Much Food

Did you know that more than a third of food is wasted or thrown away every year? And that only 25 percent of it would be enough to feed the 795 million undernourished people in the world? Stop Food Waste Day offers a chance to reflect on what you can do to waste less of […]

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    Straws Made of Seaweed Could Replace Their Plastic Nemesis

    Straws Made of Seaweed Could Replace Their Plastic Nemesis

    A startup called Loliware is thinking outside of the plastic box and introducing an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic straws. Soon “hyper-compostable” seaweed straws — that “look, feel, and act like plastic” — could be heading to a store shelf near you. Americans use between 170 and 390 million straws a day. To combat this, […]

    This Company Has a Genius Solution for Discarded Avocado Pits

    This Company Has a Genius Solution for Discarded Avocado Pits

    In Mexico, a startup has found an innovative way to deal with the tons of avocado pits that producers discard every day. Michoacan-based Biofase, located in the heart of Mexico’s avocado industry, is transforming the dense seeds into disposable drinking straws and cutlery that are said to be 100 percent biodegradable. The company was founded […]

    ‘Nude’ Shopping Increases Vegetable Sales for New Zealand Markets

    ‘Nude’ Shopping Increases Vegetable Sales for New Zealand Markets

    Supermarkets around the world should be commended for banning plastic bags, but there’s another single-use foe on the environmental radar: produce packaging. For eco-conscious shoppers, one of the most frustrating things about the grocery store is seeing things like a lone potato spud shrink-wrapped in plastic. That’s why in New Zealand, a group New World […]

    Green New Year’s Resolutions From the EcoWatch Team

    Green New Year’s Resolutions From the EcoWatch Team

    2018 was a year in which the threats facing our planet—from plastic pollution to climate change―became impossible to ignore. As scientists and journalists continued to sound the alarm, ordinary people stepped up to do something about it. Sometimes it can be hard to believe that one person’s action can make a difference in the face […]

    The Fight Against Food Waste Starts at Home

    The Fight Against Food Waste Starts at Home

    By Tim Lydon When we gather around the table with friends and family this holiday season, many of us will look down at platefuls of climate change. It won’t be our intention, of course, but one aftermath of our holiday cheer is food waste, which is increasingly cited as one of the world’s biggest sources […]

    Could a Green New Deal Boost the Farm and Food Justice Movement?

    Could a Green New Deal Boost the Farm and Food Justice Movement?

    By Eric Holt-Giménez Over eight decades ago, the Dust Bowl devastated over 100,000,000 acres of agricultural land and the Great Depression threw 15 million Americans out of work. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt instituted the New Deal with sweeping national programs for work, agriculture, food, and land conservation. Today, the plan for a Green New Deal […]

    ‘Tis the Season to Redesign and Reduce Our Waste

    ‘Tis the Season to Redesign and Reduce Our Waste

    By Pamela Tudge The holiday season has a waste problem. On average, each Canadian produces 720 kilograms of municipal waste—more than the per capita output in the U.S. and double what is produced in Japan. And over the holidays, our waste volumes double. Think about it: We’re each throwing out several additional kilos of holiday […]