Why Pineapples are Making Headlines in the World of Waste
The spiky, green leaves that grow from the top of the plant are a unique feature of the exotic fruit. But, says the supermarket, they are typically thrown away by customers, contributing to up to 700 tonnes of food waste a year.
Removing the crown during the production process will mean the leaves can either be replanted in the pineapple fields or shredded and given to local farmers to be used for animal feed.
Pineapples account for about 20% of global tropical fruit production. It is the second most cultivated exotic fruit on the planet after bananas.
But the crowns can account for up to 80% of the fruit’s volume and without them, pineapples can be packed in the most efficient way possible, reducing carbon emissions and transport costs.
Sainsbury’s said decrowning them was a simple idea with massive implications for environment as well as the supply chain.
Losing the leaves, it said, could achieve a reduction of 2,500 boxes transported each year. The retailer is also removing all packaging previously attached to the standard-size pineapple, further reducing waste.
The supermarket will continue to sell large pineapples with their leaves attached to “offer customers choice”.
Claire Hughes, the director of product and innovation at Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re passionate about reducing our impact on the planet wherever we can, and we’re always looking for new and unique ways to make bold changes with sustainability in mind. Our new crownless pineapples may look a little out of the ordinary but they offer clear benefits in reducing waste and packaging.”
This got us thinking – if a pineapple can make such a bold move in the world of waste reduction, what can we do in our homes and gardens? Let’s peel back the layers (pun intended) and dive into the juicy world of waste management!
The Great Pineapple Debate: To Leaf or Not to Leaf?
Leafless pineapples – a stroke of genius or a step too far in fruit modification? While some might miss the iconic tuft (perfect for that tropical cocktail presentation), others applaud the reduction in unnecessary waste. It’s like choosing between a regular skip and a mini skip – sometimes, less is more, and sometimes, you really need that extra space for your garden waste!
Your Home: A Treasure Trove of ‘Pineapples’
Every home has its own version of a ‘leafless pineapple’. That old jumper you’ve been meaning to upcycle into a chic cushion cover? Pineapple. The stack of newspapers that could become an avant-garde papier-mâché sculpture? Pineapple. It’s all about seeing the potential in everyday items and making the most out of them, reducing what goes into the bin – or the skip!
The Skip: Your Personal Waste Wonderland
When it comes to bigger projects, like clearing out the attic or that long-overdue garden makeover, a skip becomes your best friend. Imagine trying to fit a dismantled shed into your car’s boot – it’s a comedy sketch waiting to happen. Skips are the unsung heroes of waste management, making sure that your old stuff is either recycled, repurposed, or disposed of responsibly.
Recycling: The Art of Turning Trash into Treasure Recycling isn’t just about separating glass from plastics. It’s a magical process where your old soda cans might end up as part of a bicycle, or your newspapers could turn into next year’s textbooks. It’s like Hogwarts, but for garbage! And when you hire a skip, you’re contributing to this magic, ensuring that your waste doesn’t just end up in a landfill.
Top 5 Unusual Items Found in Skips: A Skip Hire Company’s Tell-All
You wouldn’t believe some of the things we’ve found in skips. From a collection of old love letters (we didn’t read them, promise!) to a life-size cardboard cutout of Elvis, skips can reveal the most unexpected treasures. Remember, though, skips are for waste, not for your weird and wonderful collectibles!
Join the Pineapple Revolution: Small Steps to Big Waste Reduction
So, whether you’re deciding to go leafless with your pineapples or figuring out what to do with that old bathtub, remember, every little bit helps in the fight against waste. Let’s all be a bit more pineapple – bold, innovative, and a tad quirky in our approach to reducing, reusing, and recycling.
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