Food System, Eco Living

6 Ways to Shop Smart and Waste Less

Dec 29th, 2017 | By Amy Leibrock

We think of food waste as something that happens at home. But really, it starts with what we put in our grocery carts. With supermarkets designed to tempt us in every aisle, it’s easy to end up overbuying. Here are some tips to help you buy just what you need.
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Food System

10 Ways to Use Citrus Peels

Dec 8th, 2017 | By Anne-Marie Bonneau

Citrus is one of the few fruits that comes in its own natural package. But did you know those peels can be more than just colorful wrappers? We asked Anne-Marie Bonneau, who blogs at The Zero Waste Chef, how she uses citrus peels — she had so many great ideas that we put them together in an infographic.
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Food System

New Study Measures the 'Foodprint' of Food Waste

Nov 28th, 2017 | By Amy Leibrock

As you scrape food into the trash, do you ever stop to think about all the resources you’re throwing away along with it? The land it was grown on, the water and fertilizer that helped it grow, the energy used to harvest, store and deliver it? A new study, by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Sustainable America, considered these questions by analyzing the resource use associated with our diet, including the portion that gets wasted. Our infographic breaks down the results.
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Transportation

8 Reasons to Turn Off an Idling Car

Oct 31st, 2017 | By Amy Leibrock

It happens, we know. You’re picking up a friend, waiting for a food order, or just trying to warm up your car on cold morning — and you leave it running for a little while. It’s easy to let those minutes tick by, but getting into the habit of turning your car off when you’ll be idle for more than 10 seconds can make a big difference for your pocketbook and the planet. We put together this infographic to illustrate the many benefits of turning off your car. Be part of the solution by taking our pledge to Turn It Off when you'll be idle for more than 10 seconds.
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Food System

Eating Out Without Wasting Food

Sep 21st, 2017 | By Amy Leibrock

As kids, we were taught to clean our plates, but at today’s restaurants, that can be a monumental task. Big portions mean we end up eating more, but a hidden consequence is that we waste more, too. Our new infographic explores surprising facts behind restaurant food waste and easy tips for dining out without wasting food.
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Transportation

The Back-to-School Rule Every Parent Needs to Know

Aug 25th, 2017 | By Sustainable America

As kids head back to school around the country, here's one school rule every parent need to follow: turn off your car when you're waiting near a school. Use our new infographic to challenge your school community to take the pledge to stop idling.
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Eco Living

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

Dec 23rd, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

In case you missed some, here’s a roundup of our most popular blog posts of the year. Based on this list, it seems that our readers are all working on ways to waste less, garden more and learn about the latest fuel-saving technologies. Keep it up! We've got lots of great content planned for 2015.
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Eco Living

How a Uniform Company Saved $25K by Helping the Environment

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By Katrina Kazda

We're proud to announce that Crown Uniform and Linen is the first member of Sustainable America's Idle-Free Fleet program. This family-owned uniform company rolled out an idling-reduction pilot program with just 20 trucks this spring and is already on track to save more than $25,000 a year. Here's how they did it...
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Transportation

Renewable Natural Gas: Clean, Green Energy

Jul 21st, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

Think natural gas only comes from reserves of ancient fossils trapped deep underground? Think again. We’re actually sitting on a much-overlooked but plentiful source of natural gas here in America — and we don’t have to drill into the ground to get it. Check out our infographic to learn more.
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Eco Living

10 Things to Do With Banana Peels

Jul 14th, 2014 | By Ellen Niz

Perfect sliced on a bowl of cereal, blended in a smoothie, or just enjoyed by itself as an afternoon snack, the banana is the most popular fruit in the United States. The fruit even comes with its own convenient packaging, a peel that doubles as a mess-free way to hold it. And when you’re done, you just discard the peel like any old wrapper. But should you? Check out our infographic to find out.
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