Our Story

The Spent Goods Company was born out of frustration at seeing so much waste in the world–waste that’s harmful to the environment. We’re at a critical moment in history where real changes, both large and small, are necessary to mitigate the dangers of climate change.

Inspired by organizations like the Plastic Bank and other nonprofits that are developing fiscal incentives for recycling plastic, we set out to be part of the solution by finding a similar model that helps our local community.

Rather than relying purely on goodwill to help fight climate change, we want to encourage greater participation from businesses by highlighting the value proposition of limiting waste. In short, we’re showing how food waste can be transformed into revenue, rather than filling landfills where it contributes to greenhouse gases. For instance, used coffee grinds are being transformed into clothing and brewer’s waste into bricks, animal feed, and mushroom spawn.

Diverting food waste from landfill could reduce 70 gigatons of CO2 by 2050. The good news is that 5 US states, as well as Vancouver and Ontario, have already started exploring food waste landfill diversion as part of their circular economy initiatives. And some companies already reuse their food waste to make money. For instance, MillerCoors produces inputs for high-fiber foods, vitamin supplements, and pharmaceuticals–all from their by-products.

The Spent Goods Company strives to:

  • Inspire social acceptance of reusing of food waste
  • Encourage greenhouse gas reduction through financial incentives
  • Promote local adoption of circular economy solutions

We believe that individuals and businesses will embrace solutions when social benefits are reinforced by financial gains.

 

The Spent Goods Journey

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2018

February

  • Started to formalize ideas around Spent Goods.
  • Initiated conversations with Henderson’s Brewery based on their interest in transforming spent grains into value.

April

May

  • Initiated partnership with Drake Commissary (bakery) based on their interest in promoting and using locally sourced grains.

June

  • Worked with Marc Van Beusekom, co-founder of St John’s Bakery, to establish recipes and bread samples.

August

  • First media mention of the sourdough beer bread by BlogTO during first pop-up at Henderson’s Brewery.
  • Initiated conversations with second bakery to make toasted beer bread.

September

  • Sale of organic sourdough beer bread via CSI Cafe.
  • Submitted Walmart Food waste RFP proposing Bread -> Beer, partnering with Recycling Council of Ontario.
  • Participated in our first Farmers Market @ Junction!

October

November

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December

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2019

January

  • Featured in NOW Magazine as a food startup working on food waste.
  • Accepted into Ryerson Social Venture Zone.
  • Sale of organic sourdough Beer Bread via retail: Annex based Fiesta Farms. Read Fiesta Farm’s take on Spent Goods.
  • Established partnership with Feedback App to ensure no spent goods end up as food waste! They offer consumers favourable pricing to reduce food waste.
  • Established partnership with Terus who provides consulting services to reduce waste and save money within the hospitality industry.
  • Ended retail relationship with 4Lifenaturals in Kensington Market.

February

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  • Sale of organic sourdough, butter beer crisps and toasted bread in Junction-based grocery Sweet Potato.

March

April

  • Sale of organic sourdough Beer Bread at The Big Carrot’s Danforth location.
  • Pop-up markets at Wychwood Barns, WeWork (1 University) and Allied Properties (134 Peter Street).

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May


  • Started working with Good Foot Delivery to help with just-in-time delivery and ability to help with packaging crisps.


September

  • CBC aired a segment about Spent Goods and how we transform rescued barley grains to reduce climate change! You can watch the entire process from the brewery to the bakery below!

 

  • We were nominated for TOP 5 Best Bread in Toronto by NOW Magazine!

October

  • We partnered with Food Share who now carries our whole grain loaf, sourdough beer bread and crisps in their Good Food Box. You can now place an order here.

November

  • We are now an official case study for the City of Toronto in their research toward a more zero waste and circular economy. You can read the study here.

Our proposal to literally grow insulation for homes of the future, part of a pitch to replace fossil fuel-based foam insulation.

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December

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  • From Jan 1 – Dec 31 2019, we offset 1.4 tons of equivalent carbon dioxide by diverting spent grains from landfill!

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2020

January

 

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February

March

COVID-19 put Ontario under state of emergency.

Spent Goods deemed an essential service given we sell to grocery stores. While restaurants like Prohibition Gastrohouse had to close, seeing a ton of food businesses pivot to providing food essentials via online delivery platforms.

Spent Goods, Henderson and Drake Commissary partnership featured on Weather Network (video)!

Mentioned in Blog TO, as 1 of 15 businesses offering bread and delivery options in Toronto.

April

Due to COVID-19, we saw an increase in new and existing businesses pivoting to offer more local food options and we couldn’t be more delighted that they included Spent Goods in their stores:

Farmer Dave who was a regular at Leslieville, Junction Market launched Virtual Farmer’s Market.

Farm to Office food delivery company GoJava pivoted to offer next day delivery of home grocery.

Fresh Fields, a retail store focusing on organic goods, run by Ladan and Blake joined our family.

Grapewine Crush – they pair wine delivery with our pretzels!

With COVID and food safety in mind, we transitioned from paper to plastic bag based packaging. We still need to address the single use nature of plastic bags and welcome any cost effective ideas.

May

Food that Beets – Maddelena and Turk, farmers based out of King City, Ontario offering 100% organic produce grown in Ontario.

Vegan Meal Kit Company, Sorry I’ve Got Plants, included our pretzel bagels and sourdough

Canary & Fox, a retail store in the Junction joined us.

Delivery to Fiesta Farms was paused.

And we’re back at Mama Earth Organics with our new Vegan Burger Bun!

Sydney, one of the first people to work for Spent Goods, decided to move on. We will miss you!

We placed our first order for 50,000 bags!