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Good Practices posts offer examples of individuals, organizations, and businesses making a difference, and tips on how you can take action now to help create a more Sustainable America!

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Amazon Smiles Sustainable America

Through its new AmazonSmile program, Amazon will donate .05% of eligible purchases to a charity of your choice, including Sustainable America, every time you shop. We’re inviting all our supporters to participate!

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4 New Restaurants Rethink Food Waste

Eating out without the waste

takeout containers for restaurant leftovers

Restaurants are a significant source of food waste, but we found four innovative eateries are proving that they can work without waste. Plus, find out how you can minimize food waste every time you dine out.

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10 Things to Do With Banana Peels

Think a banana peel is only good for the trash? Guess again.

10 Things to Do with Banana Peels

Perfect sliced on a bowl of cereal, blended in a smoothie, or just enjoyed by itself as an afternoon snack, the banana is the most popular fruit in the United States. The fruit even comes with its own convenient packaging, a peel that doubles as a mess-free way to hold it. And when you’re done, you just discard the peel like any old wrapper. But should you? Check out our infographic to find out.

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Who, Me Waste Food?

Survey: 1 in 3 Americans don't think the amount of food they waste is a problem

cat in refrigerator

A new survey found that while 63% of Americans are concerned about the amount of food wasted in the United States, only 1 in 3 is concerned with the amount of food wasted in their own household. In other words, “I don’t waste food, but everyone else does.” Discouraging, yes — but there may be a silver lining.

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Compost Q&A: Troubleshooting the Worm Bin

Congrats, you've decided to try vermicomposting! Don't give up!

Scoop of vermicomposted materials and worms

Since we started this blog in 2012, our most popular post of all time has been “How to Compost in Your Apartment,” an infographic that breaks down how to start a vermicomposting bin. Since then, we’ve heard from a few beginners who’ve had some questions about their worm bins. So we gathered them in one place and went to an expert for help. Here’s how she troubleshoots a few common vermicomposting challenges, like smells, fruit flies, escaping worms and more.

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Staff Challenge: Plan a Sustainable Event

An update on our staff Earth Day challenges

Sustainable America gala program

For Earth Day this year, we Sustainable America staff members challenged ourselves to work on ways to be greener in our everyday lives. Today we hear from Heide, who set a goal of producing a low-impact, sustainable gala for Sustainable America. Here’s how she did it…

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Spin for Good and Help Us Win Big

It's easy: Pitch in $10, play games, raise money!

Spin for Good Give a Grand Tournament

We’ve partnered with Spin for Good, a new nonprofit social gaming site, and they’re hosting their first ever Give a Grand Tournament from June 23–30. They’re throwing in $1,000 to start the pot, so we need you to join the tourney on our behalf, and help us win the whole pot!

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Collegiate Sports Are Going Green

New resource helps collegiate sports win the sustainability game

Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit

Momentum is growing in the green sports movement as folks are putting more effort into reducing waste and energy consumption at major sporting events. We are excited to see that this trend has spread to collegiate sports, as well. Last week at the Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit a new resource was released that will make campuses and sporting events greener.

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Staff Challenge: Go “Zero-Waste” for a Month

An update on our staff Earth Day challenges

Zero-Waste Challenge

For Earth Day this year, we Sustainable America staff members challenged ourselves to work on ways to be greener in our everyday lives. Today we hear from Katrina, who set the ambitious goal of achieving a zero-waste home. Here’s what happened…

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Staff Challenge: Grow More Food!

An update on our staff Earth Day challenges

two-tiered garden box

For Earth Day this year, we Sustainable America staff members challenged ourselves to work on ways to be greener in our everyday lives. First up is Gray, our director of investments, who said he was going to grow food in containers and compost at home. Here’s how he did…

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Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.