Every holiday season presents an overwhelming array of decisions, conundrums and opportunities for fun. Here are some good ones (we think) you might find interesting as we embark on The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. If nothing else, they're great conversation fodder!
Happy America Recycles Day! But wait, there's more! It's also National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. (Seriously!) In honor of these beloved occasions, and because we care about your sustainability, behold Ecocentric's greatest hits on recycling, food waste and more!
How to score a knockout in the fight against food waste and become a champion in your own kitchen.
Food date labels don't actually indicate food safety or tell consumers when food will spoil, but the confusing, poorly regulated system does contribute to food waste.
When athletes and their teams champion the environment, we all win. The 2013 Green Sports Alliance Summit - highlighting the sustainability efforts of over 170 teams in seven leagues - takes place in Brooklyn next week.
You know how it goes. You buy healthy items but don't always have time to cook. The one night you can make time, you look in the refrigerator and the pieces don't quite add up to a meal so you order take-out. How to plan ahead and what to keep stocked to eat healthfully, easily, and avoid food waste.
In this InSinkErator-funded study, a life cycle analysis was done for 12 disposal scenarios of food waste. According to the study, using a garbage disposal could help to curb climate change if your wastewater treatment system has an anaerobic digester that converts food waste into biogas.
As demand for resources grows, a strategy that focuses solely on food production while ignoring inefficiency and waste will not be enough.
Even the most avid cooks are guilty of letting fresh produce languish in the crisper drawer and allowing random excess dry goods overrun the pantry. Here, tips on how to make the most out of specific foods.
A new poll provides some insight into what we Americans are and are not doing in our kitchens, and how we'd like the businesses we frequent to help us out.
Among the many negatives associated with food waste is the added strain - through excess consumption and production - it places on our finite freshwater resources.
People came to the 2013 TEDx-Manhattan conference because they wanted to change our food system. But few were aware of the scale of the problem of food waste. NRDC Executive Director Peter Lehner's presentation explained why reducing food waste is a critical part of improving the sustainability of our food supply.
In the US, we waste 40 percent of all the food we produce, which squanders valuable natural resources and contributes to global climate change. But it's incredibly easy to reduce your own food waste! Learn how.
What can the trashing of 13,200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies tell us about America's food waste problem and our food system?
Meet FoodStar and its courageous partner Andronico's Community Market. Together, they are taking a chance on the idea that maybe we consumers aren't as picky as most supermarkets seem to think we are. Maybe we'd be willing to buy a slightly smaller apple that only has 37 percent red coverage instead of the requisite 40 percent needed to qualify as the "fancy" grade that stores usually buy (yes, it's actually measured).
All of us at Ecocentric are reflecting on the New Year and making our resolutions to make 2013 happy, healthy and sustainable. If you are similarly inclined, we have tons of resources here on the blog and at our new GRACE website. To get you started, here are some tips to help you have a lean, green 2013.