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Sustainable America Joins 1% for the Planet

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Sustainable America is thrilled to join the growing network of businesses and nonprofit partners aligning through the 1% for the Planet movement to protect and improve our world. Just like the team at 1%, we passionately believe in the power of connections and the strength of a bond between businesses and mission-driven organizations.

1% for the Planet is a global movement of companies and nonprofit organizations working together to implement sustainability initiatives around the world that address some of the biggest environmental concerns of our time. Started by Yvon Chouinard and Craig Mathews in 2002, 1% for the Planet connects member business with well-vetted nonprofit organizations to protect natural resources and encourage environmental conservation and sustainability efforts.

Companies that display the 1% for the Planet logo have committed to donate at least 1% of their sales (not their profits or net revenue) to nonprofit partners within the network. In just over 10 years, 1% for the Planet companies have given more than $100 million to sustainability initiatives around the world through these connections.

The 1% model aligns with our belief in the impressive impact that companies can make by choosing to be more environmentally conscious or by addressing food and fuel issues through viable business models. Through our work with companies we are implementing hands-on sustainability initiatives to institute best practices around food waste, fuel efficiency, or both. We are also make strategic investments in early-stage companies implementing parallel solutions to the food and fuel issues we address.

We couldn’t be happier to join a group of like-minded organizations and companies in our mission to build a more sustainable future. Thank you so much to the team at 1% for the Planet for inviting us to join your movement!

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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.

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