Bananas – we love ’em but waste a lot

P1030766Bananas are the UK’s most popular health snack with 80% saying they like them,

We each eat three a week on average or 12kg a year and 20% of us eat one every day.

However we also throw away 160 million of them according to a survey by Sainsbury’s – enough to stretch from the UK to New Zealand.

One in three of us throw a banana away if it has the slightest blemish or black mark.

Someone wrote to the Times bout this saying that they got bruised because supermarkets store them the wrong way. They put them on the shelves “canoe” style rather than like an arch or hanging them which makes them bruise more easily.

Food waste is worse than packaging waste as it produces methane, which is more likely to cause global warning than carbon dioxide.

In total there may be £1 billion of food thrown away each year.

Sainsbury’s is trying out a series of initiatives to reduce food waste including making banana bread in its in-house bakeries using fruit at or past its sell-by date.

And it’s investing £1 million in its Swadlincote store to make it the official test-bed of ideas to cut waste.

Another supermarket, Tesco, which is the only one to publish annual figures on food waste, said its food waste had actually increased last year to the equivalent of one in a hundred food products being wasted.

Several stores have initiatives to reduce food waste including selling mis-shapen vegetables and donating to food banks.


Tesco selling music for good causes

Browsing through the CDs in my local Tesco store I noticed one priced at £1. Which seemed too good a bargain to miss.

It turned out to be a single CD released by Tesco to raise money for its two main charities: The British Heart Foundation, and Diabetes UK.

Both those mean something to me so it had to go in my basket.

The CD is by a family called the Neales who appeared on a TV talent show, obviously a father and his sons.


Is it any good? Well it’s not my cup of tea but that’s because I thought it might be a cover of the fabulous Four Tops song.

But judge for yourself -after you’ve put for your hand in your pocket for a measly £1. It’s for good causes! 


Tesco donating waste food to charities

SCAN0207I’ve posted before about food waste and the efforts made by some supermarkets to do something about it from selling wonky vegetables to donating to food banks.

Here’s Tesco‘s commitment (spotted in my local branch in Burnley, Lancashire) to a worthwhile cause in collaboration with Irish social enterprise FareshareFoodCloud.

Tesco Superheroes raising money for good causes

I’ve criticised Tesco often enough about their business practices and even wondered about their CEO’s comments that selling “wonky vegetables” (as do other supermarkets) isn’t about appealing to people. But fair enough and they are giving any leftover food to a charity.

At my local branch in Burnley they raised £30,000 for charities last year and here they are with Community Champion Billie getting dressed up again (she loves her wigs) with some colleagues raising money for Diabetes UK on this occasion (although they also support the British Hearty Foundation.)


Tesco feeling guilty maybe? And Sainsbury’s being clever

Last week it was reported in the press that Tesco was not donating ALL of the 5p it charges for carrier bags to charity.

They were keeping some of it back to cover expenses- which they are entitled to do for training staff and changing the till system but not the actual cost of the bags. However other supermarkets such as Waitrose, Morrisons, Asda, were passing on all of the 5p (less VAT) to charities.

Obviously not a good PR move for Tesco. So this weekend my local Tesco started giving out tokens at the checkouts which customers can use to vote for the community charity they want the store to support. Asda has been doing this for years by the way.

And today it was reported that Sainsbury’s are getting round the charity donation by replacing their usual thin bags with re-usable bags and using some of the 5p to cover their cost (which is allowed as the law only applies to single use bags).


Burnley, Macmillan Nurses and “Two Shades of Grey”………………..

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So it was off to deepest, darkest Lancashire this morning heading for the illustrious (?) town of Burnley (or West Islamabad as it is known to the locals) for a performance by my friend and colleague who forms one half of the group “Two Shades of Grey.” (

The gig was being held at the “notorious” venue of Costa Coffee within the confines of the giant Tesco store in the town centre and was in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity (something I know is very dear to my friend).

The concert was in full flow when I arrived to an audience made up of both old and young, many of whom appeared to be regulars, as they all seemed to know each other.

During the three sessions they did a variety of numbers by such artists as Bobby Vee, Ray Charles, Joan Baez, The Drifters and a host…

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Camila Batmanghelidjh……………and the “gravy train”

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There is a growing furore and incredulity at the behaviour of Camila Batmanghelidjh over the closure of Kids Company, which she presided over as Chief Executive until being asked to “step down” recently.

She has conducted interviews with virtually every radio and TV station in the last 48 hours and the simple message she has put out is that the closure of Kids Company is nothing to do with her, she is not to blame and has taken aim at anything and anyone to try and shift the attention from herself.

Camila Batmanghelidjh in her Camila Batmanghelidjh in her “office” in South East London.

Apparently, many of the staff had no idea of the perilous financial position the company was in, and many only heard about the proposed closure of the company on the radio and TV. As one member of staff was quoted as saying “if we knew this was coming we could…

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