Offline Moment: Brewing Beer From Food Waste With Toast Ale
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Food waste is an ever present problem in the modern world. We expend valuable natural resources and energy to create food that is simply never eaten. Toast Ale are a UK based B Corp that are pushing the boundaries of beer making by brewing beer from food waste.
How the story began
1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted annually around the world. A shocking 900,000 tonnes of this is bread. It may be a popular staple in the UK, but we still chuck away 24 million slices every day. Most of this happens before our bread products arrive in our homes or lunchboxes. Factories that make sandwiches discard the heel and first slice of every loaf, thats 13,000 slices of bread thrown away every day. This is the material that Toast Ale utilise to create their beers. Modelled after a 7,000 year old recipe called ‘divine drink’, made with fermented bread, Founder Tristram was inspired to create a great tasting beer that helped solve our food waste problems too. Toast Ale now works with factories all over the UK, receiving surplus slices of bread that they then use to create your beer.
Not only are they rescuing perfectly good bread slices, but they are also saving energy. Through not using barley in their beer, Toast have freed up the land and water that would have been used to grow it. That land can now be used for other agricultural uses or returned to nature. Therefore by swapping barley for bread that would otherwise end up in landfills, they have saved 32.1tCO2e (carbon emissions). This is because when bread is left to rot in landfill it emits methane, a gas known to cause Global warming.
As a registered B Corp, Toast plough all of their profits into charities and social projects. Their main partner, Feedback, is a charity that helps to reduce the environmental impact of food production. So far they have donated £25,000 to Feedback and other charities around the world.
Brew Your Own Bread Beer
If you have been inspired to utilise your bread waste to create beer, Toast also offer a handy recipe to help you on your way. Get the recipe here.
It’s an incredible story, and one that continues to inspire those that enjoy drinking it. Currently, the beers are available in glass bottles made from recycled glass and locally sourced sand. In a bid to step up their environmental work and make their beer even more ‘planet saving’, Toast want to launch their range in cans in the UK. Aluminum cans are much lighter than glass, meaning that a large amount of energy can be saved when transporting the beer. They can also be recycled over and over again. As a socially aware company, they need your help to do this and have set up an amazing campaign to get you involved.
Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Toast Ale to support their Crowdfunding project. This post may contain affiliate links.