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5 Delicious Homemade Smoothie Recipes

Homemade Smoothie Recipes

Looking for a quick, delicious way to start your day? Check out these homemade smoothie recipes. Each smoothie is packed with flavour and can be whipped up in a matter of minutes for the ultimate convenient snack. Some are even healthy enough to have for breakfast! All you’ll need is a blender and a glass or bottle.

Take a look at our top homemade smoothie recipes:

1. 2-Minute Breakfast Smoothie

Let’s start with a super-quick option – the 2-minute breakfast smoothie. If you’re always on the last minute, this smoothie is an easy option for a speedy breakfast. Using simple store-cupboard ingredients, this recipe is healthy and wholesome. It’s a great way to use up leftover fruit and milk from last week’s shop – so you’re doing your bit to reduce your household food waste, too.

2. Green Superfood Smoothie

For a serious health-kick, try this nutritious smoothie. It’s packed full of fruit and veg, giving it a bright green shade that screams superfoods. With a 3:1 fruit to spinach ratio, this smoothie is a great way to introduce veggies into your smoothies, as the sweet fruit tempers the bitterness of the spinach. To chill your smoothie, use frozen bananas, mango, or spinach – or add a couple of ice cubes to your glass.

3. Mango Lassi

If you’ve never had mango lassi before, you’re seriously missing out. A popular drink in many South Asian countries, this yoghurt-based smoothie pairs perfectly with a spicy curry – as a drink or a dessert. You’ll only need 4 ingredients (plus an optional dash of cinnamon for a spiced accent) – mango, yoghurt, milk and sugar. It’s not the healthiest smoothie in this list, but it’s certainly one of the most delicious.

4. Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

For a twist on your typical fruity smoothies, this matcha green tea flavoured drink is a great one to try. The caffeinated matcha green tea powder will give your morning a kick, while the fruit and veg base adds heaps of nutrition. Calling for coconut milk in place of dairy milk or yoghurt, this recipe is also vegan-friendly. Freeze your bananas before blending for a chilled treat!

5. Marbled Freezer Smoothie

This recipe calls for a variety of fresh and frozen fruits, but it’s well worth the effort. Blend up your green smoothie first, then pour it into a glass so it’s half full. Rinse out the blender and whip up the pink smoothie – fill up the glass and voila! A delicious, nutritious, two-tone smoothie. Stir it up gently for more of a marble effect.

If you want to take your smoothies to work (or send them off to school with the kids), you can bottle them up in one of our fab juice bottles. With glass and plastic varieties available, each bottle is ergonomically designed for storing cool fresh drinks – so they’re perfect for your homemade smoothies.

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How To Reduce Plastic Waste At Work

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Whether your workplace is a factory, office or retail building, it is extremely likely that you will be generating a lot of plastic waste. Did you know that British companies have shipped more than 2.7 million tonnes of plastic waste to China and Hong Kong since 2012? As a large retailer of plastic packaging products, we are more than aware of the big environmental issue that plastic waste causes and want to use our voice to encourage manufacturers and individuals to dispose of plastic waste responsibly. In this short guide, we’ll explore the best ways to reduce plastic waste in the workplace. Office managers and CEO’s – listen up!

Find Out Where The Most Waste Is Originating 

In order to address the problem, you’ll need to identify the source! If you work in an office, chances are that your main source of plastic waste will be from food and drink packaging that employees have brought in for lunch. If 20 people are getting a meal deal every day, the amount of sandwich containers and plastic bottles can soon add up! However, sometimes the plastic waste that your company generates goes unseen. If you are a mass retailer that uses plastic packaging, then you won’t be the ones left to dispose of it. Even though it technically isn’t your problem any longer, you have still contributed towards the plastic waste. Plastic waste can also be a by-product of production processes in factories. Once you’ve identified the specific area in which you are generating the most waste, you can start to brainstorm solutions.

Organise Your Recycling Bins

One of the first things that you can do within your company is too make sure that you have an easy way for your employees to recycle their plastic. Instead of having a number of general waste bins dotted around your office, why not have a designated recycling station? This only has to consist of a maximum of 5 different bins: cardboard/paper waste, glass waste, plastic waste, food waste and general waste. By encouraging staff to make the effort by making it easy for them to comply, you will be making a big difference without making a big deal out of it!

Evaluate Your Packaging Materials

If you’re a producer of consumer goods, then it’s a great idea to see if there are any changes that you can make to the materials you use to create or package your items. Plastic drink bottles are a big contributor to plastic waste worldwide, yet it is difficult to see how this product can be made more eco-friendly without losing the clear benefits that plastic offers. But there are sustainable alternatives! Here at Ampulla, we have a small range of PLA Plastic Drink Bottles that are biodegradable! PLA Plastic is made using 100% plant material that can be broken down using industrial composters in around 6 months, thanks to the heat exposure that a huge amount of composting material gives you. However, the biodegradability of these bottles does not impact on their quality! They have the same look and feel as normal plastic bottles, with the only difference being that you cannot leave them in direct sunlight, as the plastic may begin to soften and lose it’s shape. If PLA isn’t for you, then you also have the option to switch to aluminium cans, which are more easily recycled or even glass bottles.

Other Handy Tips To Reduce Plastic Waste At Work

  • Request that your suppliers use less plastic;
  • Swap disposable plastic water cups for paper ones;
  • Encourage your staff to bring in their own reusable water bottles;
  • Remove any plastic cutlery from communal kitchens and replace with stainless steel;
  • Replace plastic bags with paper or compostable bags for customers.

These are just a few of the small ideas that can help you improve the carbon footprint of your business and show your customers that you’re making positive steps to become more sustainable.

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What Happens To Your Recycled Plastic Bottles?

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Ever wondered what happens to the recycled plastic bottles that you’ve put in your recycling bins? We’ve all heard how important recycling is, in order to do your bit to save the planet and protect our oceans from the scourge of single-use plastic items. When you’ve spent time and effort sorting all your waste into their designated bins, you’ll want to know that your recyclable products are being turned into something useful! However a recent report from the BBC has thrown some doubt on the UK’s recycling processes, as it has emerged that half of our recycling waste is sent abroad to be processed, giving us very little overview of what happens to it from then on. Whilst this is slightly worrying, there is no proof as of yet that this waste isn’t being recycled and the UK public has dramatically increased their recycling rates from 31% in 1998 up to 64% in 2017! We’re heading in the right direction.

But what can our recycled plastic bottles be turned into?

According to Recycle Your Plastics, your recycled plastic bottles can be turned into many different types of products that you might not even think of, including fibres for use in making clothes, sleeping bags, carpets and, of course, they can be turned into more plastic bottles. It actually takes 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle using recycled plastic bottles, than it does to make a plastic bottle from scratch! You could even upcycle your old plastic bottles – instead of throwing them in your recycling bins, turn them into something functional or decorative for your home, like this clever little fish below!

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Things you probably didn’t know about recycling plastic:
  • PET and HDPE are the two easiest plastics to recycle. (Luckily we stock lots of them!)
  • Each year enough plastic is thrown away to circle the earth four times. Source.
  • Recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles can save 1.5 tonnes of carbon! Source.
  • It takes around 25 two-litre plastic bottles to make a recycled fleece jacket. Source. 
  • In less than 2 hours, the UK produces enough waste to fill the Albert Hall. Source.
  • 79% of the plastic waste ever created is still in our environment. Source.
  • Plastic bottles are accepted for recycling by 99% of local councils in the UK. Source.
  • Plastic items such as carrier bags and bottles that end up in our oceans kill around 1,000,000 sea creatures every year. Source.

Some of these facts are truly shocking and makes you think twice about throwing your recyclable items into general waste. Our ranges of plastic juice bottles are made mainly from HDPE and PET plastic, which are both recyclable by almost every single council in Britain, giving you and your end users no excuse not to recycle them!

Browse our entire plastic juice and smoothie bottle collection right here.