New study finds food waste will increase to 66 tons per second if left unchecked

August 21, 2018 by  
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A new analysis from Boston Consulting Group (BCG)  has found that global food waste will increase by more than 30% by 2030 if no action is taken. The figures themselves are even more alarming: a total of 2.1 billion tons of food is projected to be thrown away or, in the case of perishables, lost; this amount equates to a colossal 66 tons per second. Related: Dairy farmers’ excess milk gets a second life feeding the hungry Currently, about 1.6 billion tons of food goes to waste each year, which represents $1.2 trillion worth of food and accounts for 8% of yearly global green house emissions. And, while food loss awareness is on the rise, global attempts to deal with the issue are not. According to Shalini Unnikrishnan, a partner and managing director of BCG, attempts to deal with food waste are “fragmented, limited and ultimately insufficient given the magnitude of the problem,” In fact, the probelm will only get words as countries continue to industrialize. “As population grows rapidly in certain industrializing parts of the world, like in Asia, consumption is growing very rapidly,” Unnikrishnan observed. Related: The Agraloop turns food waste into sustainable clothing fibers One possible solution, according to BCG, is the creation of an ecolabel, such as those found on fair trade products. This ecolabel would let consumers know which companies have committed to reducing waste and make it easier to buy responsibly. However, “The scale of the problem is one that will continue to grow while we’re developing our solutions,” Unnikrishnan said. The UN hopes to halve food waste by 2030, but if governments, companies and consumers don’t make significant changes in the way they approach food – and work together to do it – there is little chance of this happening. According to Unnikrishnan, “It’s not an easy problem, no single country, no single entity can solve the entire problem on their own.” + Boston Consulting Group Via The Guardian

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Recycling Water Filters Just Got Fluid

December 3, 2015 by  
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Using a water filter, whether to improve the taste of your water or to filter out contaminants, isn’t that hard to do. What has been difficult, though, is trying to justify throwing out all of the filters into the trash. And, according to The…

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The Growing Trend Of Zero Food Waste And U.S. Companies

September 9, 2015 by  
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We’ve become a throwaway society. Leftovers from a dinner out get tossed into the trash. Bruised or past due supermarket produce winds up in dumpsters and ultimately in our landfills. There’s a growing movement to give “organics” a second life. The…

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Unilever Launches Deodorant Stick Recycling Program

December 13, 2012 by  
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Millions of deodorant sticks are thrown into the trash every year, representing a significant raw material source that often goes unrecycled. Unilever U.S., one of the country’s biggest consumer goods companies, is pioneering a new recycling…

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Free Filtered Water For Reusable Bottle Users – The Trend Grows

August 15, 2011 by  
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Photo A. Streeter via flickr and Creative Commons. Certain places hold us captive to buying bottled water – which if you’ve seen the documentary Tapped you’ll likely not want to do. Airports are generally the worst – if you unthinkingly purchase bottles in the terminal before passing through security, your very expensive water will basically go staight into the trash. Adding a reusable bottle to the things we all cart around sometimes feels like a drag, but hopefully a new trend makes schlepping the reusable

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What to Do With a Glut of Cherry Tomatoes

August 15, 2011 by  
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Photo Credit: Colleen Vanderlinden. It’s that time of year. Little tomatoes are taking over my kitchen. The garden has produced (as it does every year at this time…) a ridiculous amount of cherry, grape, pear, and currant tomatoes. Even my tomato-loving family can’t eat all of the bounty. But we don’t let food go to waste, and I know that, come December, I’ll be missing tomatoes terribly. Luckily, there are several easy ways to preserve cherry tomatoes from your garden, CSA, or farmers’ market…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Mainstream Media Mostly Miss Climate Connection in Their Extreme Weather Reporting

August 15, 2011 by  
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photo: Patrick Feller / CC BY Here at TreeHugger while we’re well aware that in the moment it’s difficult to ascribe how much climate change is influencing any single extreme weather event, we’re also confident in making the climate connection. Not so much with mainstream media, as a new article by Fairnes… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Could Minnesota Start a Take-Back Trend for Pills?

February 4, 2010 by  
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Photo via erix! I will never forget years ago having to go through my grandmother’s medicine cabinet and emptying bottle after bottle after bottle of various medications. We had piles of them that we were told by hospice couldn’t be donated or returned, or even put into the trash

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Climategate Scientist Michael Mann Cleared of Most Serious Allegations

February 4, 2010 by  
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Dr Mann speaking about attacks on him and efforts to discredit climate science. An internal investigation by Penn State University has determined that one of the key players in

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World’s First Light-Powered Chip Can Lead To Self-Powering Touchscreen Devices

February 4, 2010 by  
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Photo via Discovery News ; Credit Dawn Bonnell Embedded solar cells have become all the rage in gadgets from cell phones to even netbooks . However, it usually means having the gadget lay face down in the sun for as long as an hour to get a minimal amount of charge.

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