The Growing Trend of Zero Food Waste and U.S. companies

Food waste

We’ve become a throwaway society. Leftovers from a dinner out get tossed into the trash. Bruised or past due supermarket produce winds up in dumpsters and ultimately in our landfills.

There’s a growing movement to give “organics” a second life. The Zero Waste movement has taken on food waste and businesses and organizations are embracing this sustainability trend.

Here are some sobering facts about food waste:

  • Approximately 40 percent of our food supply is wasted. That’s more than 20 pounds of food per person per month – the equivalent of $115 billion per year!
  • Organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, the largest source of methane emissions.

Food waste is a large and growing problem. To learn more about the zero waste movement and some of the innovative companies that have embraced it, click here.

Biodiesel with Your Turkey?

In a somewhat whimsical and innovative move, San Francisco is encouraging Thanksgiving feasters to recycle Thanksgiving turkey drippings by putting it into jars and taking them to local supermarkets like Costco and Whole Foods stores. These will then be collected and processed into biodiesel and methane to fuel city vehicles and create electricity.
San Francisco – a town rapidly gaining a reputation for innovation, conservation and things “green”, has been collecting and storing grease from 500 local restaurants since November 2007. A company will be selected shortly to turn this yellow “gold” into high quality biodiesel to run up to 1,600 of the city’s diesel vehicles.
According to a city spokesperson, the city will break ground in February 2009 for it’s own biodiesel production plant at a city sewage treatment plant.

The California Energy Commission is helping fund the city’s biodiesel program with a $1 million grant, along with funding from the EPA.

Just another way to cut calories and help the environment.