Chiquita is helping to reduce food waste by offering useful tips on how to make sure that no Chiquita banana ever goes unused.
Tons of unused fruits, vegetables and other edibles end up in the garbage, and ultimately in landfill. Here, they rot and become a major source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Statistics show that up to half of all food produced is never eaten, amounting to a value of $1 trillion of food waste. There is also the added cost of over $172 billion worth of water waste in result of disposing processes.
Chiquita has worked for many years to combat food waste with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Through the partnership, in 2019 alone, 4.2 million pounds of Chiquita bananas have been rescued and donated to people who have needed a nutritious snack.
Now Chiquita has launched a campaign to encourage consumers to use their overripe bananas. The campaign provides many tasty recipes that use the overripe bananas. They can be used in a wide range of delicious savory or sweet recipes, and even be frozen for future smoothies. Even the banana peels can be used in various ways: rub them on your face to moisturize and reduce wrinkles, or use them to polish houseplant leaves or shoes. They can even help to whiten your teeth or soothe headaches. Banana peels have antimicrobial properties and they also make great organic plant fertilizers when composted.
The company aims to ensure food waste is a thing of the past and want to remind consumers that every bit of a Chiquita bananas is healthy, delicious, and useful.