How can a beer company inspire positive action to restore nature?

British brewery, Toast Ale, has launched a new beer brewed with surplus bread and surplus, wonky mangoes.

Mango IPA is a collaboration with UK veg box company Oddbox and fruit juice brand Flawsome as part of Toast’s Rise Up campaign for COP26. Launched on Earth Day, the beer hopes to raise awareness of the environmental impact of our food systems and inspire positive action for change.

Fixing the food system

The beer’s focus is on how we can reverse biodiversity loss by fixing the food system – starting with food waste. Food production is the biggest contributor to climate change and biodiversity loss but one-third of all food is wasted.

Mango IPA is a limited edition brewed with surplus fresh bread (Toast’s signature style) and surplus mangoes that would otherwise have been wasted. This prevents food waste and reduces the environmental footprint of the beer.

Why is there surplus fruit?

Surplus fruit exists because sometimes there is more available than the retailer’s order; trees take years to grow and produce fruit so it’s not possible to grow to order. Sometimes the fruit is too small, too big, the wrong shape or colour.

For this beer, Oddbox sourced the ‘too many’ and Flawsome sourced and pulped the wonky.

Toast’s beer is the fourth beer of its Rise Up series, which raises awareness about the environmental impact of our food system and celebrates the benefits to us all by supporting better, healthier ways of producing our food.

Toast’s co-founder & Chief Operating Officer, Louisa Ziane, explained: “We’re really happy to be collaborating with our B Corp friends Oddbox and Flawsome to create a delicious beer that prevents mangoes from being wasted.

We love to celebrate positive solutions to big problems and ultimately reducing food waste is the simplest, most equitable action we can all be part of.”

This story shows how Toast Ale supports Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, specifically Target 12.3: “By 2030, halve per capita global good waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.”

About Toast Ale

Toast Ale brews planet-saving beer using surplus fresh bread. This prevents food waste, and reduces the demand for malted barley, and thereby the demand for land, water and energy. Toast open sources a recipe for home brewers and collaborates with breweries all over the world to scall its impact. All its profits go to charities fixing the food system. Toast is a social enterprise and the first UK brewery to become a B Corp.

In the lead up to COP26, Toast is releasing a series of limited edition beers with fellow B Corps Divine Chocolate, teapigs, Hobbs House Bakery, Oddbox, Rebel Kitchen, Rubies in the Rubble and Cafedirect. Each beer will highlight an element of the ecological crisis, and the change needed to the food system to meet the goals set in the Paris Agreement at COP21.

UK craft brewery Toast Ale has launched ‘Baker’s Witbier, a beer brewed in collaboration with Hobbs House Bakery using surplus organic Real Bread.

The collaboration is part of Toast’s Rise up campaign with fellow B Corps, highlighting the environmental impact of our food system to galvanise action ahead of COP26.

The Baker’s Witbier, brewed with organic ingredients, is raising awareness about the impact of industrial agriculture on our rivers and coastal ecosystems.

Reducing the environmental footprint of the beer

Craft brewery Toast Ale has released the third beer of its Rise Up series, raising awareness of our broken food system and galvanising action to fix it for people and the planet.

Released on National Toast Day, 25 February, during Real Bread Week, Baker’s Witbier is a 5% Belgian-style spiced wheat beer with subtle notes of orange and coriander. As is Toast’s signature style, the beer was brewed with surplus fresh bread to prevent food waste and reduce the environmental footprint of the beer.

This limited-edition brew used organic leaves from Hobbs House Bakery, a Real Bread Campaign supporter committed to baking without hidden processing aids or other additives.

By reducing food waste we can protect freshwater sources

Toast’s beer label carries an important message about our river systems: “Industrial food production is polluting our rivers, which create coastal dead zones as they enter the ocean. But one-third of food is wasted. By reducing food waste, and supporting farming practices that use less chemical fertilisers, we can protect freshwater sources.”

Food production is the biggest impact humans have on the planet. It’s the biggest driver of deforestation, user of freshwater, source of greenhouse gas emissions, and cause of the current mass extinction of species. Yet one-third of all food is wasted – 1.3 billion tons per year. Toast’s mission is to change that.

Beer lovers can do their bit by enjoying a cheeky pint. All profits will go to the environmental charity Feedback to support campaigning work on food systems ahead of COP26.

Toast’s Rise Up campaign is also encouraging drinkers to ask their MPs to be advocates for climate and nature, and ensure the food system is taken into account in environmental policy. There’s an easy-to-use form here.

This story shows how Toast Ale supports Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. Specifically Target 12.3: Halve Global Per Capita Food Waste; By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.

About Toast Ale

Toast brews planet-saving beer using surplus fresh bread. This prevents food waste, and reduces the demand for malted barley, and thereby the demand for land, water and energy. Toast open sources a recipe for home brewers and collaborates with breweries all over the world to scale its impact. All its profits go to charities fixing the food system. Toast is a social enterprise and the first UK brewery to become a B Corp. Find out more about Toast Ale here.

Woodland Burial Company are supporting peoples’ wellbeing through umbrellas. Woodland Burial Company was set up by the green initiative Faunus Group to provide lasting, personal and private resting places, within beautiful woodland surroundings.

This year, Woodland Burial Company have joined Umbrella Day for the Good Grief Trust. They are proud to be a pilot site offering umbrellas to their visitors and families.

A period of unprecedented grief

After Life star, Dame Penelope Wilton, is supporting a new scheme launched on Wednesday 10th February 2021, National Umbrella Day – to provide shelter for the bereaved.

The Good Grief Trust is the UK’s leading bereavement support umbrella charity, which signposts to hundreds of bereavement support services. The Good Grief Trust signposts to hundreds of bereavement support services, and is providing cemeteries and gardens of rest, hospices and funeral directors with free umbrellas for their visitors to borrow when they need them. Woodland Burial Company, based in Nottingham UK, is one of the pilot sites offering the supportive gesture.

The initiative aims to raise awareness of the 800-plus bespoke bereavement support services available via The Good Grief Trust’s website during what the charity describes as “this period of unprecedented grief”.

“While we may feel lonely in our grief, we are not alone”

Claire Lyons is the General Manager of Woodland Burial Company, said: “We have no buildings in our established woodland, Granville’s Wood, so this is a perfect addition to our community shed. We are open 24hrs a day, so people can visit their loved ones in the early hours and listen to the dawn chorus if they wish. With the unpredictable British weather, it’s lovely to know that our families can grab an umbrella and continue their visit. These messages of hope remind us all that while we may feel lonely in our grief, we are not alone.”

Claire, a mental health and sustainable living expert, Claire started working with Woodland Burial Company after the tragic death of her 10 year old son. He is buried at Granville’s Wood and the family visit often. “We wanted the most environmentally positive option possible, and although it is a 45 minute drive away, Granville’s Wood is the only place we found that understood the true environmental impact of burial and cremation.”

CEO of The Good Grief Trust, Linda Magistris, explains: “As the death toll continues to rise and the pandemic continues to put increased pressure on front line staff, it is vital everybody who is struggling with grief knows there is a breadth of immediate support available under our umbrella.”

This story shows how The Woodland Burial Company supports Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being, specifically target 3.4: “Reduce mortality from non-communicable diseases and promote mental health. By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being”.

About Woodland Burial Company

Individuals wishing to show their support for the bereaved can buy their own umbrellas or a Good Grief Trust umbrella pin badge here. You can also follow the campaign on social media with the hashtag: #GoodGriefUmbrellaDay

Learn more about Woodland Burial Company.