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Enter the #IValueFood Earth Day Instagram Contest!

I Value Food Earth Day Instagram Contest

To celebrate Earth Day 2015, Sustainable America’s I Value Food campaign and CompoKeeper are teaming up to host an Instagram photo contest. We want to see all of the creative ways our food-waste savvy followers are reinvigorating those once-forgotten leftovers, repurposing dinner scraps and keeping food out of the landfill.

The winner will receive a CompoKeeper Kitchen Compost Bin ($100 value), a clean, easy and odor-free way to collect food scraps in the kitchen until they’re ready for composting.

How to Enter:

1. Follow @IValueFood and @CompoKeeper on Instagram.

2. Snap an image of your favorite way to reduce food waste.

3. Upload it to Instagram tagging @IValueFood and @Compokeeper using the hashtag #IValueFood. Explain your tip in the comment.

Deadline for entries is April 26, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. U.S. residents only. There is no limit on the number of submissions, so we invite you to share more than one tip while the contest is open. At the conclusion of the contest, Sustainable America and CompoKeeper will vote to determine the winner. We will be looking for the most creative and unique way to reduce food waste as well as one that others can easily adopt. The winner will be announced the week of April 27 on Instagram.

Whether it’s a way to shop smarter, a trick to get your kids to clear their plates, or a composting technique you’ve been trying out, we want to see it! If you need some inspiration, visit to help you get started.

Official Contest Rules
1. No purchase necessary.
2. To enter, Instagram account holders must post a picture on Instagram along with a written description of their food waste tip. To be considered a valid entry, a post must contain the Instagram handles “@IValueFood” and “@CompoKeeper” and the hashtag “#IValueFood”. Any entries that do not include all three tags will not be considered as valid and will therefore be ineligible for winning the contest.
3. The contest will be conducted April 22 through April 26, 2015. Deadline for entries is April 26, 2015 at 11:59 PM EDT. The winner will be announced the week of April 27, 2015, on Instagram.
4. The contest winner will be chosen in joint agreement by employees of Sustainable America, Inc. and CompoKeeper.
5. To arrange for the fulfillment of their prize, the contest winner must contact CompoKeeper within 30 days of the announcement stating that they have won.
6. By participating, all entrants grant Sustainable America, Inc. and CompoKeeper the right to use and publish their Instagram handle and photo submission in print, and in any other media in connection with this competition. With image submission to both @IValueFood and @CompoKeeper from April 22, 2015, through April 26, 2015, entrants grant Sustainable America, Inc. and CompoKeeper royalty-free license to display, retain and modify all images submitted and to use them for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation unless prohibited by law. All images will be credited with the name of entrant.
7. The contest is open to all Instagram account holders following Sustainable America, Inc. dba @IValueFood and/or CompoKeeper living in the continental United States of America. Employees of Sustainable America, Inc. or CompoKeeper, their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate.
8. By participating, all entrants acknowledge and agree that they have entered the contest of their own free will, that the full rules and details of the contest have been made available to them in writing and they therefore understand and agree that neither Sustainable America, Inc., CompoKeeper, their agents, affiliates, representatives or employees have liability with respect to any damages out of acceptance and use of a prize. By entering this contest, participants agree to be bound by these rules.
9. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. You are providing your information to Sustainable America, Inc. and CompoKeeper and not to Instagram.

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

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

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

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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.

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