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By producing beer from surplus bread, Toast Ale saves on land, water and energy

Toast Ale

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Food production is the biggest contributor to climate change and biodiversity loss, but one third of food is wasted.

One of the biggest environmental challenges is the increasing demand for agricultural land to grow more crops for food, drink and animal feed. This is driving changes in land use, from forests that act as carbon sinks to intensively farmed monocultures.

Toast Ale was founded in 2015 to reduce demand for natural resources by replacing virgin barley with surplus fresh bread. By using less barley, it:

  • has a smaller footprint on the land,
  • reduces demand for water,
  • prevents greenhouse gas emissions,
  • prevents food waste.

Toast Ale donates 100% of its distributable profits to charities, thus funding systemic change to fix the food system.

To quench your thirst for info on Toast Ale, please click here for FAQs and here for its 2020 Impact report.

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According to July 2021 data, so far Toast Ale has:

  • saved 252 043 litres of water
  • avoided 42 tonnes of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions
  • used 2 072 429 slices of waste bread (saved from landfill)
  • donated £48 498 to to food sustainability causes
  • produced 1 757 047 pints of beer.