Sustainability at Home and Beyond

A 3p Series Sponsored by Whirlpool Corporation

Educators have done their job, reaching far and wide to teach the importance of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and at this point, most Americans know they should turn off the faucet when they brush their teeth. While changes at home can’t solve the many environmental crises we face today, they can sure help — especially when they are combined with policy action at the state and federal level. Take for example, food waste. The statistics are staggering. Thirty-one percent of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels in 2010 went uneaten (see USDA PDF here). That’s a lot of money down the drain, and it has a big impact on the environment too, since much of that food ends up in landfills, where it off-gases methane, a potent contributor to global warming. Through this series sponsored by Whirlpool Corporation, we’ll explore how initiatives like curbside compost pick-up, rebates on compost bins, and efficient appliances can help families reduce their impact without breaking the bank.

Building Tomorrow’s Eco-Home

How will tomorrow's perfect eco-home look? With today's record-low solar costs, it's a pretty fair bet it will employ PV panels. But renewable…

Why Are American Recycling Rates Still Stuck At 34 Percent?

The U.S. recycling rate has remained more or less the same for the past decade. What's the deal? We spoke with an expert…

It’s Time to Make Water Conservation Your Problem

We live in a world where climate change is changing rainfall patterns and increasing the likelihood of drought. As such, water conservation is…

Cut Food Waste at Home Just in Time for the Holidays

It could be said that 2016 was the year that food waste, as an issue, went mainstream. But the greatest potential for change…

The ReNEWW House, a Sustainable Living Laboratory

The ReNEWW House project, a partnership between Purdue University and Whirlpool Corp., turned a 1920s home near campus into a sustainable living laboratory.

The U.S. Food Industry is Moving Forward on Date Labels and Food Waste

Date labels on food packaging -- such as 'best by,' 'use by' and 'sell by' -- are often misunderstood, resulting in perfectly edible…

Are Americans Really Using Less Energy?

While energy efficiency has increased, overall consumption has remained static due to increasing home sizes.

Low-Hanging Fruit? Practical Ways to Reduce Food Waste

Low hanging fruit might not be the ripest. Just in time for the holiday season, here are some tips for getting the best…

Is Food Waste the Next Frontier for the Circular Economy?

At the corporate level, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has suggested five ways companies can reduce their food-waste footprint and close the loop.…

Whirlpool’s Director of Sustainability On How Everyone Can Drive Change

TriplePundit spoke with Ron Voglewede, global sustainability director for Whirlpool Corporation, to learn more about how the company is embracing sustainability and actionable…