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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Food System

At Juliet, Zero Waste Is Baked Into the Menu

Oct 28th, 2016 | By Katrina Kazda

A few weeks ago, 20 diners were treated to a family-style meal at Juliet, one of the country’s hottest new restaurants. On the menu at the small Somerville, Mass., eatery were 10 beautifully crafted dishes — with a twist. Nearly all of the ingredients were foods that would have probably gone to waste if not for the care and skillful attention of the owners, chef Josh Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri.
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Eco Living

Chicago Brewery Says “Cheers” to Reducing Food Waste

Jan 12th, 2015 | By Amy Leibrock

Can beer help end food waste? Two Chicago-area businesses think so. Starting January 15, Goose Island Brew Pub will be pouring a batch of “Zero Percent,” a tribute beer named for technology startup Zero Percent, a company that helps businesses donate food that would otherwise be thrown away to nonprofits.
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Eco Living

4 New Restaurants Rethink Food Waste

Jul 16th, 2014 | By Nicole Rogers

Restaurants are a significant source of food waste, but we found four innovative eateries are proving that they can work without waste. Plus, find out how you can minimize food waste every time you dine out.
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Food System

Super Bowl Will Put Food Waste to Use

Jan 24th, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

For some people, the Super Bowl is as much about food as it is about football. Fans stock up on chips, dips, chicken wings, and sandwiches measured by the foot. But what happens to the leftovers after the fourth quarter? MetLife Stadium, the arena for Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII, has put some real work into addressing the food waste issue this game day.
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Eco Living

8 Food and Fuel Trends We Love

Jan 6th, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

'Tis the season for trend lists as everyone tries to predict the next big thing for the year ahead. We’ve culled through the lists to compile our own tally of trends that relate to the issues Sustainable America supports: sustainable food and fuel. The good news is that finding encouraging trend predictions was easy—now let's work together to make them come true!
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Food System

Flipping the Farm-to-Table Equation

Dec 13th, 2013 | By Amy Leibrock

A handful of high-end farm-to-table restaurants in cities like New York City and Orlando have found a new way to get the most out of the close ties they keep with local farmers. Vegetable peelings from the kitchen and leftover fare from diners’ plates is catching a ride back to the farm to become gourmet livestock feed. The arrangement means savings for farmers and, thanks to better-fed birds, cows and pigs, better-tasting meals on customers’ plates.
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Eco Living

Music, Summertime and Food Waste

Jul 29th, 2013 | By Laura Waldman

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.
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Food System

New York City's Food Waste Challenge

May 22nd, 2013 | By Laura Waldman

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.
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