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Top questions you should ask during an interview to raise eyebrows

Job interviews are laced with questions that give the interviewer the opportunity to get to know A) if you will be an asset to the company and B) if …

Employment

HOW TO: Turn your food waste into clean energy

Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food ends up lost or wasted — 46 percent of the world’s garbage. While the global food waste situation is what you’d …

Home biogas: turning food waste into renewable energy

Last night I cooked my family a delicious pasta dinner using biogas energy. This morning we all had eggs cooked on biogas. I’m not sure what’s for …

France was the first country to ban supermarkets from throwing away unused food — and the world is taking notice

France is a culinary leader — both at the table and, more recently, in the trash can.<p>In February 2016, France became the first country in the world to prohibit supermarkets from throwing away unused food through unanimously passed legislation.<p>Now, supermarkets of a certain size must donate unused …

Sustainability

MPs call for 25p charge on takeaway coffee cups ahead of possible ban

In UK 2.5bn disposable cups are thrown away each year, of which less than 0.25% are recycled, according to environmental audit committee report<p>MPs are calling for a 25p charge on takeaway coffee in a move that could see disposable cups banned in five years time.<p>In the UK 2.5bn takeaway coffee cups …

Coffee

Clothing companies are trashing unsold merchandise instead of donating it

Retail’s cruelest policy<p>In New York City, it’s not uncommon to find piles of discarded items on the sidewalk, sometimes accompanied by a sign that …

Supermarket sells food past its 'best before' date for 10p to cut waste

From now on, shoppers at the East of England Co-op's 125 stores will be able to buy a range of tinned goods like beans and as well as dried foods …

Lebanon struggles with safe waste disposal

Two years after the last garbage crisis was solved, Lebanon is facing another problem.<p>This time it is because waste is being disposed of using incinerators, which has a negative impact on the environment.<p>This is deeply troubling to public health experts, and people are blaming the government for …

Middle East

Where do you keep your compost bin?

<b>Placing a bin within 5 feet of front door increases composting rates by 141 percent.</b><p>The location of a compost bin could be affecting your willingness …

For every five bags of groceries we buy, one will be wasted: The scourge of food waste in London

While many families struggle to put food on the table, supermarkets, food manufacturers and households across the country waste a massive 10 million …

Edible Innovations: Transforming Food Waste into Fashion

<i>From Singapore to the USA and all around Europe, Edible Innovations profiles food makers that engage in improving the global food system at every stage, from production to distribution to eating and shopping. Join us as we explore the main trends in the industry from a maker perspective. Chiara</i> …

It’s so easy to compost. So why am I still not doing it?

I opened the Umbra inbox to find a question from our new intern and recent Seattle transplant, Zoya: How does compost work?<p>Zoya! Don’t be shy! Just …

Sustainability

The simple change you can make to stop wasting food

Our global food system is drowning in waste. About one third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted every year, and the US alone wastes as much as 40% of its food. More food ends up in American landfills and incinerators than any other single material.<p>Many people have undertaken …

Wasted! Looks at the major issue of food waste

Chef Anthony Bourdain hosts this interesting documentary on the massive amount of wasted food in our current supply chain, and how it could be …

Anthony Bourdain

Why Cities Are Working With Businesses to Fight Food Waste

In Nashville and New York, officials are leveraging relationships with companies and nonprofits to get smarter about food usage and disposal.<p>American cities have a trash problem: there’s too much of it, and not enough places to put it. Even Nashville, which stores its waste in nearby Rutherford …

Why Composting is One of the Most Attractive Things You Can Do in College

Sustainability is hot.<p>November 01, 2017<p><i>This post is sponsored by PepsiCo Recycling.</i><p>It’s true. Being passionate about the environment makes you more …

An update on food waste

Plus: The problem with 'no added sugar' and who (really) killed Sears<p>Fatal exposure to walnut dust<p>Justin Mathews died days after going into …

Just How Much Food Do Cities Squander?

<i>This story originally appeared on Citylab and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Last winter, teams of researchers in three US cities donned …

Corporate Food Waste Isn't The Way To Solve Hunger In Canada

Charitable food assistance is incapable of improving households' food security because it does nothing to address the root cause of the problem.<p>As …

How Much Food Do Cities Squander?

Researchers have unearthed the wasteful habits of households and businesses in Nashville, Denver, and New York—and created a blueprint for curbing them.<p>Last winter, teams of researchers in three U.S. cities donned goggles, gloves, and respirators, tore into bags of other people’s household garbage, …

Hotels Are Beginning To Tackle The Problem of Food Waste

In the future, the hotel buffet may shrink in half but have more available of what guests prefer to consume<p>Hotels commonly have a buffet going during …

Food

The real secret to successful composting — forget some of what you know

For most of us, our heart is in the right place when it comes to composting, but once things start going wrong, we bail out as fast as we can.<p>Don’t …

Gardening

The biggest food makers have agreed to trash their confusing expiration labels

Some of the world’s largest food companies and retailers today (Sept. 20) have agreed to standardize expiration labels on packaging, a move that will give consumers a better idea of how long they have before products go bad.<p>The new standardized system is meant to replace the dizzying array of …

Sustainability

How to Start a Compost Pile

A vegetable garden is more than what you see on the surface — dirt, plants and (hopefully!) some mulch. Under the surface, a complex web of dirt, …

Gardening

Watch This Preview Clip of Dan Barber in Anthony Bourdain's Food Waste Documentary

"Wasted! The Story of Food Waste" premieres next month.<p>As we've become increasingly aware of the kinks present in our food system, food waste has …

Food

Ten Ways Food Waste Hurts the Environment

When we talk about food waste in America, we’re talking about much more than just food that spoils in your refrigerator. Food waste is a …

Agriculture

How a Free Grocery Store Is Cutting Food Waste—and Hunger

By Rina Diane<p>On a windy late afternoon, dozens of people have lined up in front of a 20-foot-long repurposed shipping container situated on a church …

Sustainability

Dissolvable electronic devices could be the future of secure, environmentally friendly tech

Research labs across the world are developing technology that could solve the difficulty of discarding electronics in an environmentally friendly …

Nanotech

4 Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste As a College Student

When in doubt, don't just throw it out.<p>September 08, 2017<p>Over the summer, I worked at a candy store, and the amount of expired chocolate, jelly …

Food

How Ikea Is Fighting Food Waste

A startup is behind the furniture store's push to stop wasting food.<p>A startup called Winnow is helping Ikea cut down on the amount of food that ends …

Sustainability