Here at Karshare we think it’s important to give credit to those who are helping to reduce waste. It’s one of our core values to do more with less, and our #KarshareKudos posts this month featured two groups working to make this possible.
Located in Manchester's Moss Side, Boiler House is a community workshop and creative space. It’s an initiative of Sow the City which has a mission to empower communities to grow and live sustainably. Boiler House provides free and low-cost use of tools, equipment and space for people to make and mend. On the last Saturday of the month locals can bring electronics and furniture to be repaired at the free repair cafe promoting the importance of a circular economy. They also run a variety of community workshops like furniture building and teach DIY skills like plastering and tiling. These aim to provide skills for employment, improve health and wellbeing, and promote gender and race equality.
The idea of Toast Ale came from a trip to a brewery in Belgium when Tristram Stuart discovered that beer used to be made with excess bread. 44% of bread is wasted in the UK, so Stewart saw the perfect opportunity to make the craft beer industry more sustainable. Food production is the biggest contributor to climate change, but one third of all food is wasted. Toast’s approach is two-fold. Not only do they produce award winning beer which reduces food waste, they're working to influence wider systemic change by funding charities tackling the underlying drivers of waste. The impact Toast Ale is making is clear - by the end of 2021, Toast had brewed with 2.6 million slices of surplus fresh bread, donated over £80,000 to charity and reached millions to inspire positive action for the planet. Cheers Toast!