Huddersfield recruitment agency Stafflex have partnered with eco-educators fairandfunky to build a custom made smoothie bike which will be used to promote healthy eating, Fairtrade, exercise and the environmental awareness in schools across West Yorkshire.
fairandfunky are a unique organisation based in Huddersfield that deliver a range of educational workshop programmes around recycling, the environment and fair trade to schools in the local area.
The Smoothie bike is a custom built stationary bicycle fitted with a special blender which spins when the bike is peddled. It then mixes up the fruit into a delicious smoothie ready to drink after only a couple of minutes cycling.
fairandfunky plan to use the smoothie bike primarily with schools but also at conferences, festivals and other events across Kirklees and Calderdale to promote sustainable lifestyles both in terms of the environment, food provenance, saving energy and exercise, in a fun and engaging way.
Helen Robinson co-founder at fairandfunky said: “Engaging students with sustainability issues is key to empowering people to take their own little steps to change the world. The smoothie bike creates an opportunity for us to start conversations about saving energy, cycling, and local/global food sourcing. We can’t wait to get out and about, and on the bike!”
Rosie Stahelin, Education team manager at Stafflex said: “The smoothie bike is a fantastic interactive tool to physically demonstrate to children the link between healthy eating and exercise.
“We want to help fairandfunky deliver a strong message not only to school children but also to their parents, siblings and neighbours about the importance of a sustainable lifestyle.”
The bike’s first outing was at a Fairtrade conference for Secondary Schools at Honley High School on Thursday 1 March.