Return to Blender – overripe fruit and veg is perfect for smoothies and can reduce food waste

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Posted on: 26 July 2019

Devon residents can win one of 20 food blenders as part of a summer campaign aimed at reducing food waste.

Between now and September, visitors can enter the free prize draw by pledging to reduce food waste, compost food waste at home or use the food waste collection available in most areas.

They can make the pledge either by going to www.recycledevon.org or by attending the Recycle Devon stand at one of seven district shows this summer; Totnes, Honiton, North Devon, Okehampton, Holsworthy and Widecombe.

Each blender comes with a selection of jugs to turn fruit, vegetables and leftovers into delicious soups, sauces, marinades, smoothies and milkshakes.

Research shows that we throw away more food than we think we do. Nearly half of what we throw away is fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, dairy, rice and pasta.

Some of the common reasons for waste are buying too much, improper storage, not eating things in time and cooking too much, especially pasta and rice.

Councillor David Harvey, Chair of the Devon Authorities Strategic Waste Committee said:

“In the UK we throw away 6.7million tonnes of food a year – that’s a third of the food we buy. Many Devon residents have a compost bin or food waste collection but it’s far better to prevent food being wasted in the first place.
“You would might be surprised the difference small changes like planning your meals can have on the amount you throw away.
“Not only will you help to reduce food waste, it’s better for the environment and your pocket. An average family could save up to £60 per month.”

Winners will be contacted after the campaign ends. For more information on reducing food waste, visit www.recycledevon.org. 

1 comment on “Return to Blender – overripe fruit and veg is perfect for smoothies and can reduce food waste

  1. Francesca B. says:

    We must teach children/adults to cook real food. Money would go further and we all would eat better. Planning and using left overs means less waste. No need for recipes make up your own as you go along.( write it down for next time)
    Soup, purée fruit mixed with sugar free jelly, pasta sauce.
    Maybe food banks should teach people how to make the best of the food that has been generously given and not to waste it or throw it in the bin.
    We can learn a lot from housewives from the WW2. It was wasteful and wicked to bin food.
    We all live in a complacent society, too much choice, easy come easy go, no self discipline. Once our waste is gone it’s a case of out of sight, out of mind.
    This is our one life, our planet 🌍 it is not a rehearsal. We must look after this beautiful planet earth, for generations to come.
    Love, peace, less wars and less pollution and waste.🙏🌝

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