Like many of you, I need to do more, much more, if I’m to have significant, positive impact on the client crisis, especially if there are less than 12 years before irreversible damage.
As a social entrepreneur, my approach is to create a new business model where I can afford a living, but not at the cost of people and planet.
According to Project Drawdown, food waste is an area that has potential in reducing climate change. Organic waste that ends up in landfills, releases greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide, which are major contributors to the climate crisis.
I started working with the craft brewing industry that produces malted barley grains as a by-product of brewing.
Once the barley has been boiled to release sugar, the grains are considered ‘spent’ and traditionally provided as animal feed or disposed – 16 million KGs of brewery grains are disposed in Ontario every year.
Instead, if we took those spent grains and made food with it, we could feed every Ontarian 20 loaves of bread every year!
These brewery grains have twice the amount of fibre and protein compared to wheat, a key reason why it’s used as animal feed. Fibre is also ideal for reducing cholesterol and is one of the whole grains listed in Canada’s Food Guide.
Thus, my company, The Spent Goods Company, diverts & transforms food by-products like leftover brewery grains into food.
For instance, our Beer Bread sourdough is healthier, reduces climate change as we divert those grains that would have contributed greenhouse gases and is hyper local:
Our wheat flour is sourced from Beeton, Ontario from K2 Milling and is certified organic.
Our sourdough bread is brought to you by the collaboration of 4 Toronto businesses:
- Henderson Brewing – provides the barley grains (and also makes money through the sale of Spent Goods products like Butter Beer Crisps to their taproom customers)
- Artisan bakeries like Belle’s Bakery, Drake Commissary that incorporates the grains into delicious food
- Amazing Retail Partners – who ensures it meets their high quality standards and stock it in their bakery section or on their menu.
- The Spent Goods Company – Executing the collaborative, circular economy model
However, all this is immaterial if we didn’t have a good tasting product.
So, if you haven’t had a chance yet, please try our:
- Beer Bread sourdough
- Daily bread Multigrain loaf
- Butter crackers
- Bagels, Pretzels, Baguettes and more
We believe you can do something about climate change (and your heart) on a daily basis, simply by eating our Spent Goods.
Thank you for supporting our mission.
Managing Director, @spentgoods