Food Waste

Around 50 percent of all produce in the United States is thrown away— $160 billion worth of produce annually.

Wasted food is also the single biggest occupant in American landfills, the Environmental Protection Agency has found. The organic material in landfills decomposes and emits Greenhouse Gases, specifically Methane which is 21x more powerful at trapping heat than CO2.

No one likes to throw out food, so why do we do it?

Vox Media dove into the issue and analyzed the psychology behind it.

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Year of Polar Prediction

The Year of the Polar Prediction has begun a two-year international effort aimed to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic. The warming Arctic does not only have a debilitating effect on the traditional indigenous communities, wildlife and ecosystem on the local level, it also influences weather conditions all over the world. The effects of the warming Arctic include extreme cold spells, heat spells and droughts in the Northern Hemisphere.

This initiative brings together academics and scientists from all over the world to build an accurate model.

In their inspiring video, the World Meteorological Organisation explains why Polar climate change is an important issue for the entire world.

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Two Great Products, Two Great Brands


Traditional footwear companies often use  cheap and synthetic material to produce its products.

Allbirds shows us that we don’t have to sacrifice style for sustainability by keeping its products eco-friendly. It is redesigning the common sneaker by using New Zealand’s superfine merino wool and castor bean oil, a natural substitute for plastic and rubber. These two materials are not only  sustainable, but they also have a carbon footprint that is 60 percent smaller than a typical synthetic shoe.

Allbirds is a certified B Corporation, and its wool is ZQ certified for animal welfare and environmental care.


Another innovator to watch is Toast Ale, a company that makes beer with surplus bread from bakeries that would otherwise have ended up as waste. According to its  Indiegogo campaign, “each beer bought will help realize [its] goal of diverting 100 tons of bread from landfill in 3 years.” Founded in London, selling English Ale with alt and citrus notes, it is now in the process of producing an American Pale Ale in New York City.  

100% of the profits go to Feedback, a non-profit aiming to reduce food waste through research and innovation.

We will toast to that!

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New Plastics Economy

The New Plastics Economy Report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, outlines a blueprint for a more environmentally friendly plastics system. The report recognizes the plastic industry as the most representative of the current linear model of “make, take and dispose” and aims to disrupt the industry through innovation.

Currently, only 14% of plastic is collected for recycling globally, the rest of it is either incinerated, landfilled or ends up as litter, often in the ocean.

If we continue on this route, by 2050 oceans would contain more plastics than fish (in weight).

The report is not calling for an end to plastics. It is providing a new way of thinking about plastics as an effective global material flow that is aligned with the principals of the circular economy.

The report outlines three strategies and a set of actions needed by the industry to move towards a new plastics economy.

  1. Redesign and Innovation

  2. Reuse

  3. Recycle

By redesigning, reusing and recycling plastic material, the industry will be able to make the transition towards the circular economy.

Download The New Plastics Economy report.


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Debunking Common Myths

  1. Myth: Landfill gas capture recovery systems are an effective way to address methane emissions from landfills.

    1. Fact: Landfill gas capture systems do a poor job of recovering methane emissions.

  2. Myth: Wet landfills or “bioreactor” designs will improve landfill gas capture rates and help reduce methane emissions from landfills.

    1. Fact: Wet landfills are schemes to speed methane generation, but because lifetime gas capture efficiency rates may approximate 20%, actual methane emissions may be greater with the reactor design than without.

  3. Myth: Landfills and incinerators are sources of renewable energy.

    1. Fact: Landfills and incinerators waste valuable resources and are not generators of “renewable” energy. They inefficiently capture a small amount of energy by destroying many the Earth’s diminishing resources that could be conserved, reused, or recycled.

  4. Myth: Subsidizing landfill gas capture recovery systems through renewable portfolio standards, alternative fuels mandates, and green power incentives is good for the climate.

    1. Fact: Subsidies to landfills encourage waste disposal at the expense of waste reduction and materials recovery options that are far better for the climate.

  5. Myth: Incinerators are tremendously valuable contributors in the fight against global warming. For every megawatt of electricity generated through the combustion of solid waste, a megawatt of electricity from coal-fired or oil-fired power plants is avoided, creating a net savings of emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

    1. Fact: Incinerators increase — not reduce — greenhouse gas emissions. Municipal solid waste incinerators produce more carbon dioxide per unit of electricity generated than either coal-fired or oil-fired power plants.

*Taken from Stop Trashing the Climate

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Climate Change Refugees

When we think of refugees, we often think of people displaced from their homes because of war or unstable governments.

But, another refugee is starting to emerge: climate change refugees. Unfortunately, this doesn’t make it on the front page of major news outlets.

The small indigenous village of Kivalina is experiencing the devastating effects from climate change. This village sits on the western coast of Alaska away from big cities, coal plants and factories, but it is estimated that in less than a decade this island will disappear.

Although this is a remote village, the same can occur to some of the big cities like Miami and Beijing as the ocean levels keep rising.

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Carbon is Not the Enemy

William McDonough wants to redefine the carbon language. In his article for Nature Journal, McDonough states humans have made carbon a toxin. He has a point. In the right place, carbon is a resource and a tool.

McDonough describes 3 types of carbon: Fugitive, Durable and Living.  

Fugitive Carbon is a toxin to our planet and our health. It is the result of unsustainable human activity such as fossil fuel production, landfills, and ‘waste-to-energy’ plants. The carbon mankind release into the atmosphere needs to be captured and turned into a durable or living carbon.

Durable Carbon is a resource. It is a carbon that is locked in stable solids. For example, a plastic bottle that is manufactured and then recycled sequesters the carbon.  On the other hand, if the same plastic bottle ends up in the ocean, the carbon becomes a fugitive, a toxin to our oceans.

Living Carbon is source. Carbon is the critical ingredient to the biological cycle. It is organic and needed for healthy and fertile soils. McDonough states. ‘carbon in the atmosphere is a liability,’ McDonough states, ‘but in the soil, it’ an asset.’

To tackle climate change, we need to rethink carbon.

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Impossible Foods

Food production accounts for as much global greenhouse gas emissions as all forms of transport combined.

We can’t tackle climate change without addressing what we eat.

That’s why, the team at Impossible Foods spent the last 5 years developing a plant based patty that bleeds, sizzles and tastes like any other hamburger.

The Impossible Burger uses about 75% less water, generates about 87% fewer greenhouse gases and requires around 95% less land than conventional ground beef from cows. It's produced without hormones, antibiotics, cholesterol or artificial flavors.

Reduce your carbon footprint without compromising taste by eating an Impossible Burger instead of a regular beef burger.

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