The plastic problem is something that cannot be ignored. Did you know that around 50% of plastic people use today can only be used once? A lot of it comes from plastic bottles, straws and containers etc. However, there is a way that you can help reduce the amount of plastic you consume in your daily life. That way, is to use a blender/processor to create homemade sauces, soups, drinks and condiments. Not purchasing these items in their plastic packaging reduces the demand for it.

homemade hummus

Panasonic have released a new food processor, that could help you live that plastic free life. This new BPA-free food blender has 33 different features, which can help you create all kinds of food. It can mince, shred, slice, blend, knead, whip or grate your ingredients into anything you desire. The MK-F800 food processor’s touch feature also helps make it easier to create those homemade meals and sauces. A good quality blender is such a vital thing in a zero waste lifestyle. It not only allows you to create homemade food which in turn avoids you purchasing the plastic packaged alternative. But it also helps to cut the amount of plastic waste that gets thrown into landfill or dumped into the ocean. As the average household in the UK use 480 plastic bottles each year, only 270 of that is recycled which means 44% are being sent to landfill.

Get yourself this food blender which could help you avoid putting your ketchup bottle in the landfill. By making a more sustainable and healthier version right in your own home. Whilst the store bought alternative may be easier, it’s definitely not easier on the environment, it can take around 500 years or more for plastic to fully decompose. Now think of the amount of hummus packaging alone that can go into landfill, it’s madness. Not to mention the rest of that plastic packaging.

So, what is the problem with plastic consumption?

Thanks to David Attenborough and his Blue Planet II highlighting the overwhelming scale of harm plastic waste has on the environment. People have started to notice the ever-growing issue regarding plastics. Plastics, like I mentioned above, can take around 500 years to decompose. One of Greenpeace’s Campaigners said “A truck load of plastic waste enters our oceans every minute. That’s a huge amount and the impact on ocean habitats and marine life can be devastating.” Many marine animals like turtles become entangled in pieces of this plastic as they mistake it for food. It is killing our marine life as many researchers have said that by 2048 we could see fishless oceans. Whilst this also includes overfishing, plastics is a huge part of the problem that needs to be tackled.

10 food items a blender can create without plastic

So, I said that a blender can help you avoid plastics. But I didn’t give you any details on the ways you could do this. Below is a list of 10 items you can easily create using a food blender, like the Panasonic F800. Let’s be eco-friendlier together, and I hope you enjoy these tips for having more sustainable foods. Full recipes will be linked.

  1. Hummus (blend- chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, sea salt, paprika)
  2. Vegan Mayo (sunflower oil, soy milk, apple cider vinegar (ACV), sea salt)
  3. Ketchup (water, pitted dates, ACV, Dijon mustard, tomato paste, cumin)
  4. Smoothies (any ingredients you like)
  5. Veggie soup (veggies, oil, veg stock, spices)
  6. Chocolate milk (water, hazelnuts, dates, cocoa powder)
  7. Plant based milks i.e. Almond (almonds, water, dates)

This post is in collaboration with Panasonic, as they have created a new food processor. And I thought it would make for the perfect zero waste kitchen gadget. The gadget to help reduce plastic pollution. I hope you have enjoyed this post, and maybe you too have learnt something today.

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