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So Are We Wasting 40% of Our Food or Not? Study Says We Don’t Really Know

So Are We Wasting 40% of Our Food or Not? Study Says We Don’t Really Know

Potentially overstated measures on the amount of food that is wasted each year could have profound consequences when it comes to public policy, according to a new study published on behalf of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. The study indicates that food waste is being overestimated, in part because … Read more »

IKEA Saves Nearly $1M Since December with ‘Smart Scale Solution’ to Curb Food Waste

IKEA Saves Nearly $1M Since December with ‘Smart Scale Solution’ to Curb Food Waste

Retail giant IKEA has installed a “smart scale solution” in 20% of its stores in an effort to curb food waste. The system, being rolled out in the company’s restaurants and food markets, is made up of a touch screen and floor scale holding a waste bin that measures food waste. This allows IKEA … Read more »

Dell Says ‘Ocean Plastic’ Packaging Is Cost-Effective, Scalable

Dell Says ‘Ocean Plastic’ Packaging Is Cost-Effective, Scalable

Dell has begun shipping its XPS 13 in materials made in part from plastic pollution from the ocean. The company spent about 18 months doing a detailed assessment and validation, followed by a pilot, based on using ocean plastic in a way that is cost-effective and commercially scalable. The notebook … Read more »

Decentralized Waste & Wastewater Management Could Lead to Savings, Study Says

Decentralized Waste & Wastewater Management Could Lead to Savings, Study Says

Organizations that generate waste may want to consider decentralized solid waste and waste water management, according to a new report from Research and Markets. Decentralized solutions mean waste or water is managed at or near the site where it is generated. Decentralized water technologies and designs include things like water-efficient appliances, … Read more »

‘No Matter the Industry, We’ll Collaborate & Get This Thing Done’: Quotes from the Conference

‘No Matter the Industry, We’ll Collaborate & Get This Thing Done’: Quotes from the Conference

Notes from the Editor If you made it to this year’s Environmental Leader Conference, you know that it overflowed with energy, excitement, and a mountain of inspiration. But if not, you’re in luck: Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today have published nearly a dozen articles based on content from our … Read more »

Green Mountain Chases Recyclable Coffee Pods, but It ‘May or May Not Move the Needle’ on Sales

Green Mountain Chases Recyclable Coffee Pods, but It ‘May or May Not Move the Needle’ on Sales

One-cup coffee pods like the Keurig K-cups have historically been challenging in terms of recyclability – and have come under fire by environmental groups for the mountains of plastic that is ending up in landfills. But Keurig Green Mountain has been on a two-pronged journey to make its pods more environmentally … Read more »

Supermarkets Should Strive to Stop Waste or Risk Loss of Customers, Says Food Waste Expert

Supermarkets Should Strive to Stop Waste or Risk Loss of Customers, Says Food Waste Expert

With food waste becoming an ever-more prominent topic in the news, supermarkets will need to take steps to combat food waste or risk losing customers, says Liz Goodwin, senior fellow and director of food loss and waste with the World Resources Institute. Consumers are becoming aware of the magnitude and cost of wasted … Read more »

Cautionary Tale: New ‘Sustainable’ Olympic Medals Decaying

Cautionary Tale: New ‘Sustainable’ Olympic Medals Decaying

A big deal was made about the sustainability factor of the Rio Olympics, with Dow, for example, working with partner companies and nonprofits to implement a host of energy- and resource-efficiency initiatives and technologies in the sectors of agriculture, manufacturing, packaging and construction. But one sustainability move may not have been … Read more »

Nestlé Waters Invests $6M to Close the ‘Recycling Gap’

Nestlé Waters Invests $6M to Close the ‘Recycling Gap’

Nestlé Waters North America is investing $6 million in an effort to find a national solution to the “critical recycling gap” in the US, the company announced today. Its investment is going to the Closed Loop Fund, a $100 million social impact investment fund committed to funding comprehensive recycling infrastructure and programs … Read more »