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Our Most Popular Food and Fuel Stories of 2015

How to make KCups less wasteful

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In case you missed any, here’s a roundup of our most popular blog posts of 2015. As you can see by this list, our readers are more interested than ever in learning about the food waste problem and finding ways to fix it. On the fuel side, stories about innovation and idling reduction were popular, too.

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Food Stories
1. 5 Ways to Green Your K-Cup: Originally posted in 2014, we updated this popular guide to convenient coffee that doesn’t inconvenience the planet in March.

2. Watch John Oliver Take Aim at Food Waste in America: Late-night comic John Oliver’s report on the U.S. food waste issue opened new eyes to the problem.

3. How to Compost at Work: A starter guide to reducing food waste in the workplace

4. USDA and EPA Set Historic Goal to Cut U.S. Food Waste in Half: Groundbreaking news in the fight against food waste

5. How the Fridge of the Future Will Fight Food Waste: Your refrigerator called; it’s out of milk

Fuel Stories
1. Building a Better Gas Tank: Our report on Infinite Composites Technologies, a company poised to revolutionize fuel storage and efficiency

2. New Ways to Reduce Idling in Your Community: We’ve heard you. You’ve taken our pledge to stop vehicle idling, and you want to do more. Now you can.

3. Are School Buses Ready to Go Electric?: New technology can make our nation’s most important fleet leaner and greener

4. New York City May Enlist Citizens to Help Enforce Idling Laws: A bill was introduced that will reward NYC citizens for reporting idling violators

5. The Future of the Electric Car Battery: The electric vehicle is one of the most promising sustainable methods of personal transportation. But what about the batteries used to power them?

I Value Food
We also launched I Value Food, a campaign to help consumers reduce food waste, in 2015. Your clicks have voted these three resources the most popular. Check them all out here.

1. What Expiration Dates Really Mean
2. 10 Ways to Get Kids to Waste Less Food
3. Produce Storage Cheat Sheet

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By the Numbers

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.


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