Monday, 23 October 2017

Reducing plastic waste and Grohe Blue Home

A couple of weeks ago I went along to an event with Grohe where I had the opportunity to pick up some cooking tips from TV chef Ed Baines (Britain’s Best Dish and Sunday Feast). It was also an educational event about how through innovation Grohe are trying to help us, consumers, cut down on plastic waste through filtered water and now carbonated water taps in our home.
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Grohe were showcasing their GROHE Blue Home, which is their new kitchen tap kit that consists of a special mixer and a cooler with integrated filter and carbonator. Yes, you read that right, a fizzy water tap for your kitchen! It’s like something out of Charlie and the chocolate factory, except altogether more useful than a river of chocolate with Augustus Gloop stuck in the pipe. Sustainability in our day-to-day lives is something I feel very strongly about, for those of you who don’t know, I studied Human Environmental Science at University and some of you will remember about a year ago I wrote about food waste here.  The recent focus on plastics in our oceans has been a long time coming and I’m glad companies like Grohe are starting to create alternative solutions to our reliance on plastic consumables. Grohe commissioned a YouGov study on bottled water consumption in the UK and it makes for frightening reading. 
That’s a STAGGERING figure.  What’s more mind-blowing is that 6% of Brits are buying 10 or more bottles per week and bottled water remains high in restaurants, with more than one in five choosing to pay for bottled water over tap water. A study by the University of Georgia has calculated that around 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans per year.  Can you imagine adding to that? But did you know that more water goes into producing a bottle of water than is actually in the bottle? What!!??!! It was really interesting to discover the importance of ‘unbottled’ water both in terms of sustainability and the benefits it can bring to everyday life.  I’ve heard people complain they don’t like the taste of tap water or that they are worried about “other” chemicals and substances in tap water. I just thought everyone carried around refillable water bottles these days, but it seems I am wrong. For those who regularly buy bottled water or are worried about substances in tap water, investing in a GROHE Blue filtered water tap might be an option worth considering if not environmentally, then definitely economically.  I’ll get off my high horse now.
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The event held at the Underground Cookery School in London was fun and laid back, with Ed Baines enlightening us on techniques with pasta, how to "undress" a crab and make the perfect light chocolate dessert. Showing us how filtered water can enhance recipes and improve texture and taste. For me prepping a crab was a highlight, I’ve never done that before. Ed is a big fan of deep-water brown crab caught off the Devon Coast and mentioned that they can live extremely long lives, in excess of 60 years…… So I turned mine into ravioli. No guilt here, none at all. Well, not much. It was yummy.  
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There were plenty of refreshing mocktails from Eventology using the filtered and carbonated water Grohe taps.
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GROHE Blue Home produces chilled and filtered still and sparkling water straight from the tap, providing a sustainable alternative to bottled water. This is not a sponsored post, thank you for Grohe for inviting me to their tasting event.

images courtsey of Grohe and Mary Middleton for Hello Peagreen.
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