If you are a resident of Central Ohio, chances are 86% of your population is concerned about the amount of local food being wasted. Each year, 160,000 acres of land are used to grow food thrown by the people of Central Ohio – about half the size of Franklin County.
When residents of Central Ohio throw away uneaten or old food, they may think all they are throwing away is leftovers. But what many people don’t realize is that they also waste all the resources that go into growing, harvesting and transporting food.
It may not seem like much, but when it all adds up, nearly a million pounds of food waste are dumped in Franklin County every day. And across the country, nearly 40% of the food that is produced goes to waste.
That’s why the Solid Waste Authority in Central Ohio, or SWACO, started the Save More Than Food campaign, to educate community members about the impact of food waste in Central Ohio, and provide simple tips every day on how to be more sustainable.
We all have a role to play in reducing food waste. In fact, a lot of food waste occurs at the household level, in our own refrigerators. When you make small decisions such as thinking about what foods to buy and taking the time to store food properly, You can make a difference.
Want to get involved, but not sure where to start? Check out the resources below.
Reducing food waste is more than just composting leftovers. Learn about other ways to reduce food waste, such as saving food before it becomes waste to feed our communities or protecting our environment and natural resources by preventing food waste.
Think you know food waste? Put your knowledge to the test with the Save More Than Food Quiz and learn how you can make a difference. Post your results on social media and compare your scores with friends.
Sign up for the Save More Than Food Quarterly Newsletter to stay abreast of the Central Ohio Food Waste Initiative’s latest food waste reduction efforts and learn more about seasonal tips, tricks and ways to make a difference.
That what list needs to be scaled up in the $ 1.5 trillion long fashion industry. Years of producing cheap clothing with cheap labor have created an unsustainable scenario. The linear take-waste approach that is the backbone of the industry has had astonishing consequences.
The synthetic fibers used in 72 percent of our clothing take 200 years to break down. The apparel industry accounts for 10 percent of global greenhouse gases while producing and transporting millions of clothes each year. Garment workers working hard 16 hours per day earn one-fifth of the minimum wage needed to live in dignity.
But it may have a silver lining. Thanks to COVID-19, the entire industry has been disrupted: retailers are closing their shops and the increase in online shopping has increased the need to digitize. Meanwhile, people working at home, a lack of social life, and economic uncertainty have made clothing sales plummet. Production stopped; the supply chain has closed. At the same time, more and more consumers are voicing their concerns about the impact the industry has on the planet.
The disruptions in 2020 have forced fashion retailers into a new era of accounting. While the top and bottom lines have been key markers over the years, businesses are starting to realize that doing good and doing good can add to do better.
So yes, there is still hope on the horizon. Fashion retailers are now starting to focus on a new “green line” in accounting that can only be achieved by embracing the concept of “circularity” – ensuring resources and products stay used for as long as possible before being remade into new products.
Go around and around
What is the world of circular fashion like? Imagine walking into your local retail space with a shopping bag full of shoes and old clothes to tuck into the recycle bin provided by the retailer. Next, you might stand for a moment beside a glass partition to watch the recycling machine as it disassembles, cleans, and shreds old clothes into fibers, spins them into yarn, and knits completely new tops that are taken away in the hangar. to be displayed in the boutique.
Then, you’ll take a walk to the digital wardrobe center to see what’s new in the stock market and resale. You’ll be choosing dresses and jackets for the weekend, which you will swap out the following month. And before leaving the store, you’ll stop at the click and collect center, where you can try on new underwear you ordered online to make sure it fits snugly before you take it home.
Most importantly, you will feel good about yourself because you are one of the more than 60 percent consumer back in 2020 who said environmental impact was an important factor in purchasing decisions. You will experience changes driven by the power of your choice: now your favorite brand is the one that ensures that resources and products stay in use for as long as possible before they are recycled or remade into new products.
The scenario described above is not far-fetched. Companies are already adopting innovative ways to engage customers on their journey to circularity.
Nike has introduced the “Reuse-A-Shoe” collection point at a particular Nike store, separating and converting rubber, foam, leather and textile components into granules used to make new footwear.
If your old Apple device is serviceable and renewable, you can receive an Apple Store gift card to use on the newer model. If not, Apple will recycle it.
Hunkemöller, Europe’s number one underwear retailer, encourages customers to bring back used textiles for recycling.
And global clothing retailer H & M’s Toilet machine is an existing container-sized recycling system where customers can watch old textiles live a new life.
While H&M may still be associated with fast fashion – rather than sustainable -, companies now see the responsibility and opportunity to make circular fashion more attractive and desirable. The Looop system is a part of The bigger H&M plan be full circle and climate positive.
The fashion industry is aware of the fact that reducing its environmental impact will pay big dividends for both constituent companies and the wider community. In fact, the authors McKinsey’s 2021 State of Fashion report expect circularity to be the next big disruptor.
As highlighted in the report, the way values are created in a circular system is very different from the way values are created in a linear system. In a circular fashion retail model, a garment creates value over and over again – by being sold, returned, repaired, resold, leased, or ultimately recycled in one continuous loop to achieve maximum use. This in turn creates entirely new experiences.
Three steps for the circular retail model
While there is no standard solution, there are three steps recommended by McKinsey’s fashion industry experts: embrace circular design, ramp-up reverse logistics, and support customer adoption.
One example in this area is Subaru Indiana, the first US auto manufacturer achieve zero-landfill status. Starting May 2002, the company decided not to send anything to landfills, believing that putting anything into the ground, air, or water presented a risk. By being a good environmental steward, the company saves between $ 1–2 million a year.
To be circular, companies can start by retraining designers and stimulating circular design innovation. They must train their own people and their suppliers to reduce waste in production and supply chains, and reuse fiber, chemicals and other resources to the fullest extent possible.
Reverse logistics is about reselling or recovering goods from disposal to continue to get value from them. One example in this area is The Body Shop, A Company B Corp. committed to using plant-based or recycled plastic packaging. In 2019, they introduced a pioneering refill scheme and recycling program that removed a total of 21 tonnes of plastic from their holiday gift packaging. Their Return.Recycle.Repeat scheme encourages customers to return empty product containers to the store for refilling or reuse.
Retailers can help improve the waste situation by implementing in-store circularity hubs or creating non-store collection points. Most importantly, retailers can eliminate single-use packaging and work with partners to optimize sorting facilities and recycling technology.
Step 3: Create a customer experience
Retailers can take big steps towards circularity by educating and encouraging consumers to translate their sustainable values into concrete action. Involving consumers in the entire process helps create a type of experience that goes beyond just buying a product. By bringing back bottles for refilling, for example, consumers are comfortable with reducing environmental impact, retailers are showing social responsibility, and both parties benefit from reduced waste and packaging costs.
A prime example of offering an out-of-product retail experience is Patagonia, an outdoor clothing retailer. The company owns online platform to repair, trade, and resell used Patagonian clothing, and not only to educate consumers about the sustainability of its products, but connect individuals who are committed to organizations working on environmental issues in their own communities.
Value to be appreciated
While the idea of circularity is far from being a widespread reality, perhaps the most important thing for a fashion retailer looking to succeed in 2021 is that doing good can definitely have an impact on the top. and the bottom line. Any effort to be more sustainable and reduce waste will result in a better company. But to generate value – companies need to find the right balance between people, planet and profit.
Want to know about converting your company’s values into business values? Check out the interactive Values to Value business simulator and see how well you can lead your company through the business challenges that can lead to a world of new possibilities.
Thanks to breakthroughs in materials science, we will soon wear “electronic skins” similar to the Terminator instead of smart watches.
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a thin, skin-like device that can be inserted into a circuit board and can repair itself in 13 minutes.
The technology is completely recyclable and can perform many tasks such as measuring body temperature, heart rate and tracking daily steps.
The team behind the invention claims that the technology is being developed to create an environmentally friendly alternative smart watch.
Xiao Jianliang, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, said: “If you want to wear it like a watch, you can wear it on your wrist.
“If you want to wear it like a necklace, you can wear it around your neck.”
The research team said that their work, published in the journal “Science Advances”, may lead to the future, recyclable high-tech skin can enable people to collect accurate data about their bodies, while reducing electronic waste.
The device was created using screen printing technology, which creates a network of liquid metal wires for the circuit. Then, the circuit is closed with two films of so-called “self-healing” material (called polyimide).
The researchers claim that the thickness of the device will be slightly thicker than plaster, and it can be applied to the skin by heating. They also said that it can stretch 60pc in any direction without damaging the internal electronic equipment.
The PEA Giving Gardens Program mobilizes home gardeners and community gardens to donate hundreds of pounds of products to families who face food insecurity locally.
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Winston-Salem-based non-profit Piedmont Environmental Alliance (PEA) is working with other local non-profit groups to reduce food waste and deliver fresh produce from local gardens to families in need throughout the region.
TOP PHOTOS – PEA volunteer Emily Gregg sent 10 pounds of products from the PEA Giving Gardens team to HOPE of Winston-Salem. Photo provided by Emily Gregg.
Since its launch in July, the PEA Giving Gardens program has mobilized more than 15 environmental volunteer teams to collect and donate more than 600 pounds of fresh produce to HOPE Winston-Salem and other local food pantries in response to increasing food insecurity in our city. by COVID-19. Thanks, in part to Giving Gardens, the products shipped by HOPE are now more than 30% locally sourced.
In Forsyth County today, 13.8% of people, including 18.8% of children, live with food insecurity, face hunger and are at high risk for chronic health conditions. Pantri local food does not accept enough fresh products to be included in donated food, and products from grocery stores are often less suitable for distribution in such organizations because the spoils are much faster than products that are grown and harvested locally.
Meanwhile, more people than ever were involved in gardening at home or in the community, often producing more food than can be eaten. Food waste – the production of food that is not eaten – is a significant contributor to climate change, responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. That is why PEA and a group of more than 70 motivated volunteers launched Giving Gardens to reduce food waste and give back to the community with fresh produce sent to residents in Forsyth County.
Giving Gardens unites neighbors throughout the city to make donations and drop-offs without contact to HOPE Winston-Salem, where the product is distributed weekly to families who need it. Community Gardens also joined the program as part of a partnership with the NC Cooperative Extension of Forsyth County, with PEA mobilizing volunteers to learn key gardening skills and use them in community gardens that donate products to one or more organizations that provide food for residents in need. .
Jamie Maier, PEA Executive Director, noted, “PEA was invested in building a more environmentally friendly, fair and resilient community during these difficult times. Providing Gardens meets critical community needs, while connecting neighbors, supporting gardening, and reducing local food waste. “
Scott Best, Executive Director of HOPE, said that this program, “will have a major impact on our mission, because we strive to provide access to fresh produce to many areas in Winston-Salem. This connection to hyper-local fruits and vegetables will improve health, reduce food waste, and strengthen the food ecosystem in our big city. ”