Of all the food-centric holidays, Thanksgiving may be the one that truly brings out our inner glutton. We celebrate with a feast that’s so expansive, the leftovers are often anticipated as much as (if not more than) the meal itself! With all that food, of course, there’s bound to be some food waste; even those coveted leftovers get relegated to the garbage can in a day or two if they’re not eaten. Thankfully (pun intended), with a little advance planning and a few Turkey Day tactics under your apron, you can serve up a delicious, satisfying, zero-waste Thanksgiving feast.
How to have a zero-waste feast
A growing movement to prevent, recover and reuse food waste at schools nationwide
From trayless cafeterias to thriving food recovery programs and composting, college campuses and students are tackling food waste and food insecurity nationwide. We highlight some effective programs.
...and put an end to haunting food waste
It might be a stretch to think of pumpkins as food once they’re carved and lit and spooky. But just as many resources went into growing your toothy jack o’ lantern as did your lunch—and it will produce just as much planet-wrecking methane as it rots. If you don’t want to be haunted by thoughts of your orange orbs contributing to the 40% of food we waste in this country, there are alternatives.
Here's how we recovered food waste at SXSW Eco
Earlier this month, as the official Food & Waste Education Partner for the SXSW Eco 2013 conference in Austin, Sustainable America worked to capture and compost food waste from the third-annual event. Well, the numbers are in, and the conference was successful in diverting almost all of its waste—an impressive 97%!—to recycling and composting facilities instead of landfills.
Here’s a look at what goes into corralling a bunch of sandwich crusts and compostable forks into the proper places so it can be recycled into compost rather than go to waste in a landfill.
The best quotes, questions, and did-you-knows from the event
We just got back from the 2013 SXSW Eco conference, the third-annual Austin, Texas, meeting of movers and shakers in the environmental movement. We helped wrangle the event’s food waste to the compost heap instead of the landfill as SXSW Eco’s official Food & Waste Education Partner, and our own Jeremy Kranowitz and Gray Peckham took part in a panel discussion about Program-Related Investments. We also gathered lots of fodder for upcoming articles. In the meantime, here are crowdsourced highlights from the conference via Twitter.
Composting efforts prove to be a success at a Connecticut eco festival
This past weekend we had the pleasure of sponsoring Live Green Connecticut!’s 4th annual festival bringing together environmental educators, nonprofits, and businesses alike to showcase the latest in green technology, recycling, conservation, health and wellness, climate protection, and sustainable living. Last week we wrote about our goal to “Make a Green Fest Greener” and we did just that.
Sustainable America organizes a composting program for a Connecticut concert series
Public events like conferences, concerts and festivals present a great opportunity to make a dent in the 40% of food wasted in the United States. With that in mind, we’ve partnered with the Alive @ Five concert series in Stamford, Conn., this summer to help divert the event’s food waste to be composted rather than where it usually goes: the landfill.
Joining forces to achieve a zero-waste event
We’re proud to announce that Sustainable America has been chosen as the official Food & Waste Education Partner for the SXSW Eco 2013 conference. Along with exhibiting at the conference, which runs October 7-9, we will help SXSW Eco implement a composting program in order to help achieve a zero-waste event.
More than 100 restaurants pledge to cut their food waste in half
If we’re going to get serious about reducing the staggering amount of food wasted in the United States—40 percent!—it’s going to take more than a few backyard compost bins. Restaurants and food service providers, which account for approximately 22% of food wasted in this country, have plenty of room for improvement. But, as NPR reported last fall, many restaurants simply don’t make food waste reduction a priority. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is hoping to change that with his recently announced Food Waste Challenge.