Tristram Stuart is a UK based food waste campaigner who’s mission is to reduce its environmental impact across the globe. A worthy goal considering that a third of all food produced worldwide ends up in the bin.
He is an international award-winning author, speaker, campaigner and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food and the industry.
The Times described his books as “a genuinely revelatory contribution to the history of human ideas” and his Ted Talk entitled ‘The Global Food Waste Scandal’ has received over 1.5 million views and counting.
In 2013, Tristram founded Feedback, a campaigning organisation that now has a global impact that aims to change societies attitude towards wasting food.
Then, in 2016, Tristram set up Toast Ale, the company using surplus bread to make beer. 100 percent of the profits go back into Feedback.
“In the UK, bread is top of the list of our most wasted household food items. We waste almost 900,000 tonnes of bread every year – around 24 million slices every day. In terms of calories, that’s enough to lift over 26 million people out of hunger,” — Toast Ale
The idea behind Toast Ale is nothing new – the oldest surviving beer recipe created by the ancient Mesopotamians places bread at the core of its ingredients.
Made from unsold loaves from bakeries and unused crusts from sandwich makers, the only other ingredients are hops, yeast and water. The result, a delicious craft beer which can now be found in the UK at Tesco and Waitrose, as well as Co-op London stores and a host of independent shops, restaurants and bars.