Make a Toast to Compost
The Western Front
April 25, 2017
The resources required to make a hamburger are equivalent to taking a 90-minute shower, when energy and water are considered.
Sustainable Connections is a Bellingham nonprofit. It aims to create a conversation about what it takes to get food to the table, Mark Peterson, the sustainable business manager for the organization, said.
“Sustainable Connections is one of the few people addressing the issue [of food waste] in Bellingham and getting businesses, specifically, on board with composting and creating more sustainable business.”
HUNTER PHILIP, SENIOR AND SUSTAINABLE CONNECTIONS INTERN
“[About 40 percent] of the food that is grown, transported and processed actually goes completely to waste, and the vast majority of that is ending up in landfills,” Peterson said.
The farmers market director Caprice Teske said the market decided to host the event because Earth Day, April 22, coincides with the farmers market this year, which is held every Saturday.
“We’ve always been a Toward Zero Waste event, but we knew we could always up the ante a little bit,” Teske said. “So we decided to make it a Love your Leftovers theme for the entire year, educating consumers about food waste.”
This year they have teamed up with the Bellingham Farmers Market and Boundary Bay Brewery to host an Earth Day block party event called Love Your Leftovers, which will focus on food waste reduction.