Last year, our friends over at Hubbub sent shivers down our spines – they had some rather scary statistics about the previous Halloween. Just the year before, they told us, some 18,000 tonnes of pumpkin were sent to landfill. And when you know 1,000 tonnes equals 20 million servings of pie… well quite frankly, that’s a waste of filling.
As the second-largest retail holiday in the UK, it’s no surprise 42% of us pick up a bright-orange addition on the day. What is surprising, however, is that after we’ve carved our creation and set a little candle inside – just a third of us use its flesh.
Image courtesy of Hubbub
To make sure perfectly good gourds no longer got the chop in vain, Hubbub came up with a plan: #PumpkinRescue. And since its 2014 launch in Oxford, the recipes have gone flying: pumpkin pie; pumpkin ice cream; pumpkin soup – from roasting the seeds to putting honeyed cubes in risotto, there’s plenty we can do to use that flesh.
Festivals now take place across the UK, and for 2015, 20 cities will hold their own pumpkin-saving events. You can learn about what to do with your leftover Halloween goodies, and get clued up about food waste in general. Of course, it’s not enough to just tell you to get involved – rest assured we’ll be getting our hands sticky too!
To support the Pumpkin Rescue, here at OVO Energy we’ll be carving pumpkins as part of our Halloween Spooktakular week of activities, culminating in a team competition in Bristol. The flesh and seeds will be used by our in-house cafe, Friska, to create tasty pumpkin recipes for our lunches – and there may even be a sweet treat courtesy of our bakers.
Carve then cook!
So think green this Halloween (and we don’t just mean monsters and witches). Find out about Pumpkin Rescues near you – cook something tasty to save that squash!
Think green this Halloween by:
Simply enter your postcode and see how much you can save
OVO Energy Ltd, registered office 1 Rivergate Temple Quay Bristol, BS1 6ED, company no. 06890795 registered in England and Wales, VAT No. 100119879
Additional terms and conditions
Please see below for full terms and conditions on 33% renewable electricity, 3% interest rewards, exit fees and saving claims.
1Monthly cost - Representative monthly direct debit costs based on a non-economy-7, dual-fuel, medium user (3100 kWhs elec. and 12500 kWhs gas) paying in advance by direct debit, including online discount. All rates correct as of 23/08/16, but may go up or down.
2Weekly cost - Representative weekly costs based on a non-economy-7, dual-fuel, medium user (3100 kWhs elec. and 12500 kWhs gas). All rates correct as of 23/08/16, but may go up or down.
3Pay Monthly Savings are based on the average estimated annual costs for new PAYM OVO customers quoted through the OVO website (based on household and/or consumption information provided by those customers), compared to their current supplier and tariff. Comparisons taken between 01/01/2016 and 11/10/16. Incl VAT. Actual savings may vary according to your current supplier or tariff, individual tariff options, household information, consumption and location.
4Pay As You Go Savings are based on the average estimated annual costs for new PAYG OVO customers quoted through the OVO website (based on household and/or consumption information provided by those customers), compared to their current supplier and tariff. Comparisons taken between 01/01/2016 and 11/10/16. Incl VAT. Actual savings may vary according to your current supplier or tariff, individual tariff options, household information, consumption and location.
We include almost twice as much renewable electricity as the national average: At least 33% of electricity in all of our tariffs comes from renewable sources. The national average, according to Ofgem as at March 2014 was 16.7%. For more information please visit this page.
33% of your electricity comes from renewable sources: 33% renewable electricity as standard as of 1st April 2015. Renewable electricity is generated from wind, solar, geothermal, wave, tidal, hydro, biomass, landfill gas, sewage treatment plant gas and biogas.
3% interest: Calculated at 3% per year, paid monthly based on number of days in credit and the amount left in your account after you’ve paid your bill. OVO Interest Reward is capped at 12 times the amount of the current direct debit amount and is available to customers paying by advance direct debit. Terms apply: http://www.ovoenergy.com/terms/
95% of new customers save when switching to OVO: Based on all new customer signups between 01/02/2016 and 31/07/2016
94% of surveyed customers would recommend us: OVO conducted a survey of their customers in between 1st January 2016 and 15th April 2016. Out of 15,312 customers who responded, over 94% rated OVO 6+ when asked 'how likely would you be to recommend us to a friend and family, on a scale of 1 to 10.
Britain's top rated energy provider: Britain's top rated energy provider in the Which? 2015 satisfaction survey. Survey conducted in October 2015. Awarded in January 2016.