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The Compostable Cup Conundrum

Compostable PLA cups made from corn

In theory, compostable cups made from corn seem like a great idea, but in practice they’re not aways the environmental boon we’d like them to be. Find out why in the latest blog post from Executive Director Jeremy Kranowitz.

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

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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The Plastic Bag Problem

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The next time you’re asked, “Paper or plastic?” consider this: According to the Worldwatch Institute, 4 to 5 trillion plastic bags—including large trash bags, thick shopping bags and thin grocery bags—are produced globally each year, with roughly 80% of them used in North America and Western Europe.

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Reduce, Reuse. . .Bicycle

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National Bike Month is coming to an end, and it’s likely inspired some new people around the country to add biking to their lifestyles. One of the first things they may have discovered is that cycling comes with its own array of accessories. Giving extra thought to your biking accessory choices can make your ride even greener and provide longer-lasting solutions. In some cases you might be able to up-cycle everyday throwaway items, putting durable, everyday materials to work on your bike, instead of building everlasting landfills.

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3 Steps to Recycling More at Work

3 Steps to Recycling More at Work

Part of our work at Sustainable America includes helping events move toward zero waste. Now that we have moved into our new headquarters, we are working to bring this effort home. Not surprisingly, workplace recycling requires care and planning much like at events. The process is ongoing, but we would like to share what we’ve experience so far and a few solutions that we’ve found helpful.

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3 Golden Rules of Recycling

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Recycling programs have been in place for decades, so you’d think we’d all be pros by now. But many of us still hesitate at the recycling bin as we try to figure out what can and cannot be recycled. Which numbers can I recycle? Cap or no cap? What about plastic bags? And as communities begin to add organics collection programs, there’s bound to be an extra layer of confusion around the compost bin. These three simple rules—plus some insight into what happens to your recyclables once they’re dumped in the truck—will set you on the path to being a zero-waste champion!

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Total Reuse: One Bin for All

The city of Houston has won a prize from Bloomberg Philanthropies to make their “One Bin for All” plan a reality. With the country’s first total resource recovery facility in place, the city plans to find productive uses for discarded food and other recyclables.

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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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