Power Knot: Green Initiatives Save Businesses $2B a Year

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Several recent studies uncover billions of dollars lost by uneaten food in the U.S., often tossed into landfills only to emit harmful greenhouse gases. Iain Milnes, founder and president of Power Knot, comments on cutting waste to increase companies’ bottom lines and divert waste from landfills.

Iain Milnes, founder and president of Power Knot, advises businesses to put forth green initiatives to increase their bottom line

The amount of money being thrown away due to the cost of food waste is astronomical for some of these businesses.

According to a new report, businesses can increase their profits by nearly $2 billion annually by adopting strategies to reduce the amount of discarded waste that is eventually sent to landfills. Cutting the amount of half-eaten entrees, unsold milk, and other foods that get tossed into trash bins across the U.S. by 20% over the next decade can save billions for businesses.2 Released this March, the “Roadmap to Reduce US Food Waste” lays out strategies that companies, along with governments, consumers, and foundations can implement to reduce the amount of discarded food in the country by 13 million tons a year.

Approximately 40% of all food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten, contributing to myriad social and environmental problems, and often ending up in overflowing landfills. Food decomposing in landfills emits methane, a greenhouse gas 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide (CO2). In total, about 4.5% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and 23% of U.S. methane emissions result from food waste. If global food waste were a country, its emissions would be third, behind only China and the United States.1

Food waste costs Americans an estimated $165 billion per year. Nearly 25% of water and 31% of land in the U.S. is used to produce food that is wasted throughout the supply chain. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated the value of food lost by retailers at $47 billion.

Iain Milnes, founder and president of Power Knot, a leading manufacturer of eco-friendly and cost-effective solutions for waste food disposal, has praise for retailers who are taking action. “The amount of money being thrown away due to the cost of food waste is astronomical for some of these businesses,” said Milnes. “Using methods to cut food waste not only lessens the amount sent to landfills, but actually saves a ton of money.”

The “Roadmap to Reduce US Food Waste” report, citing an $18 billion plan to cut waste, comes after the U.S. government set the first ever national goal in September 2015, to cut the country’s edible food waste, aiming for a 50% reduction by 2030.

The plan presents 27 such solutions that companies, consumers, governments, and nonprofit organizations can implement to cut down on food waste. By adopting these methods, businesses can boost their profits by $1.9 billion annually. Restaurants, food service companies, and institutions such as colleges and hospitals would see the biggest portion of such savings, raking in a potential additional $1.6 billion in profits each year.

Power Knot’s Milnes points out that diverting food waste from landfills not only conserves limited landfill space, but also helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.3 Milnes commented, “Sometimes the problem for large producers of waste food is knowing where to begin. To reduce the wastage of food in a business you need to know how much you are generating and when. And it’s not always obvious how to divert that waste from the landfill. Our LFC can help with both issues.”

The LFC® from Power Knot is a bio-digester that sits in the kitchen. The LFC is like a stainless-steel stomach that digests the waste food sending the output as grey water down the drain. As it does so, it weighs the amount of waste and reports it in real time on a color touch screen and through the LFC Cloud, a free online service.

Milnes emphasized, “We know that our LFC is a reliable and cost-effective solution to the challenge of corporate social responsibility that is faced by hospitals, restaurants, universities, stadia, arenas and companies of all sizes including the Fortune 500. All are plagued to various degrees by high amounts of food waste. Our seven LFC models, treating from 110 up to 4,000 pounds of food waste per day allow any kitchen to cleanly and safely break down the waste on-site. This has shown continuing savings on the bottom line—resulting in higher profits, as well as generating goodwill in their respective communities and with the ever-growing number of environmentally-conscious consumers.”

About Power Knot’s LFC:

Power Knot’s LFC is sold globally to organizations that need to dispose of waste food. It saves organizations, the cost, mess, inconvenience, and carbon footprint of sending that organic material to a landfill. The LFC is available in seven sizes to suit a variety of users and can usually pay for itself in 24 months or less. The LFC can generate goodwill with the growing number of environmentally-conscious consumers and this clean technology will continue to help advance the global movement toward sustainability and zero waste.

About Power Knot:

Power Knot, with its headquarters in San Jose, Calif., provides innovative solutions for commercial, industrial, and military customers seeking to reduce their carbon footprint. The company is profitable, and designs, develops and manufactures its products in Silicon Valley.

Its LFCs (Liquid Food Composters) are high-quality, technologically-advanced bio-digesters capable of rapid digestion of most organic materials. LFCs create a safe and economical resolution for customers looking to address their carbon footprint by diverting waste food from landfills and by reducing emissions related to the transportation of waste.

LFCs represent long-term performance and sustainability for any organization. LFCs typically have a payback period of six to 24 months, based on reduced waste and costs of waste disposal. For more information, access http://www.powerknot.com.

1. N.p., n.d. Web. ceres.org/investornetwork “Food Waste Whole Foods 2016”.
2. Moodie, Alison. “How the US Can Solve Its Multibillion Food Waste Problem—Report.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 09 Mar. 2016. Web. 03 Nov. 2016.
3. N.p., n.d. Web. www3.epa.gov/PacificSouthwest, “Turning Food Waste into Energy at the East Bay Municipal Utility District”.

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