Up to a third of harvested food is wasted. This inefficiency causes higher water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions than would otherwise be necessary to feed the population.
In industrialized countries up to 40% of food waste happens at the consumer site when people and restaurants discard unused items from their kitchens.
At the same time, 1.2B people globally do not have enough food to eat.
Zero Percent is an app that allows commercial restaurants to donate their food to charities like soup kitchens and food banks.
Donor lists the food items available and non profits can select the products that are right for them (for example, bulk nonperishable items could be more appropriate for a food bank) and schedule a pickup
The restaurants are charged a fee for participating and presumably less food waste reduces the overall waste disposal costs for the restaurant.
Nonprofits that serve food to low income populations
Non profits already in the food rescue business (ex: City Harvest)
Market to businesses with clear business case for waste cost savings
Partner with existing food rescue organizations
Invest in drafting and complying with local food safety guidelines to protect brand.
Aggressive targeted community outreach to build strong networks of donors and recipients in select communities.
1) Energy, Water, Waste, Civic Engagement: Since the Internet of Things (IoT) works to combine data from various sources into one integrated, usable platform, this technology has the opportunity to benefit many environmental categories.
2) Article Title: Internet of Things: The Most Sustainable Business Model Ever?
Website: Triple Pundit
As stated in the article, “the Internet of Things is a business model that reduces waste and streamlines processes, promising to deliver greater value from a smaller amount of resources”. Therefore, by employing IoT models, we can achieve greater efficiency and seamless integration across platforms.
The article highlights the fact that it was the onset of the internet which disrupted how everything worked before the technological age, so it’s the internet which will also allow for us to continue to upgrade and integrate systems into the future.
Future disruptions due to internet advancements are expected to be “enabling”, as opposed to “disruptive”.
The value of IoT comes from the ability to collect huge quantities of data and cross-analyze the data to come up with meaningful information.
This level of analytical specificity was never possible before the onset of the internet. Now that we have the new capabilities to get into minute details and cross-analyze various data clusters, we are able to reach analytical depths never before imaginable. This can facilitate the transition into a more integrated, efficient, and sustainable future that is able to flex with the changing times.
3) Organizational stakeholders: data software developers, data analyzers, data centers, tech companies, governments, NGOs, private businesses, various market sectors including energy, tech, waste, agriculture, buildings/real estate, transportation, etc. Stakeholders for the IoT are far-reaching.
4) The first 3 steps in deploying this technology:
Continue to develop ways to collect data
Continue to develop ways to analyze data
Keep data platforms non-proprietary so that they can be used across industries/companies/disciplines/sectors
Garbage has a high economic and environmental cost and burdens local municipalities. Increasing recycling rates can ease both the environmental impact of “landfilling” and the cost borne by municipalities.
Dayton, Ohio, recently launched an incentive-based recycling program for residents that is made possible by radio frequency identification (RFID) tags affixed onto recycling bins and asset tracking software.
The program offers cash prices to encourage recycling.
To select winners, the city randomly chooses four recycling bins each month that are tagged with RFID. The RFID tags placed on the recycling bins store the address of the resident using the bin as well as an identification number. The data are transmitted through a special antenna installed on each garbage truck. The RFID hardware and information are integrated into an “asset tracking platform” that helps Dayton officials plan recycling pickup routes, schedules, budgets and usage rates.
Their goal is to double the amount of material recycled to 1,000 tons monthly. That would represent a $250,000 a year savings.
To purchase the technology and 10,000 recycling bins, Dayton spent $500,000 in federal stimulus funds.
Other cities, like Laurel, MD use RFID to identify residents who don’t recycle and work with them to comply through warnings and tickets.