Jun 10, 2021

New Finnish beer uses goose droppings for a circular economy

Helen Adams
2 min
Finnish microbrewery, Ant Brew, takes the circular economy to the next level with locally sourced goose droppings in beer brewing

An innovative new beer by Finnish microbrewery, Ant Brew, will celebrate the European Green Capital year of the city of Lahti and share an important message of a wasteless circular economy.


Finland pushes to repurpose waste 

Finland is often touted as the happiest country in the world. In the city of Lahti, its people are known for their pioneering environmental action, as Lahti was awarded the title of European Green Capital 2021. Local microbrewery, Ant Brew, has crafted a new beer series, brewed with wild herbs, local food waste - bread, berries and fruits – and now, goose droppings.

The goose poop is used in a food-safe way to smoke malt to create a unique stout beer. The goose droppings are gathered from local parks, where geese are causing a messy problem. Now, the local parks get cleaner in time for summer picnics. 

This is an example of how food and drink items can utilise waste. City of Lahti aims to be completely wasteless circular economy city by 2050, and at the moment 99% of the city’s household waste is already repurposed. 


Finland’s tasty answer to a circular economy

“A sustainable future demands effective use of resources and innovative ways of recycling”, said Saara Piispanen, Head of Communications of Lahti European Green Capital. “Lahti has several well-known breweries, so what would be a better way to celebrate our environment this summer than locally brewed beers?”

The beer that uses goose droppings in the malt smoking process will be released later in the summer. 

First to be released is a wit-style beer inspired by waste-free circular economy: brewed with orange peels from a local market’s juice pressing station, and fruit purees that have exceeded their best before-date.

“This series of beers is our way to create important discussions about food waste, utilization of waste, urban farming, and local and wild food among beer enthusiasts”, said Ant Brew representative, Kari Puttonen. “Working with the Lahti Green Capital has been great. We are constantly developing ways to utilize new ingredients in brewing, and are not afraid to think outside of the box,

“Our environment and circular economy are important for us, and we want to discuss these topics in interesting ways”, concluded Piispanen. “Together we can create solutions that are eco-friendly and represent sustainable consumption.”


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May 17, 2020

Starbucks to open 10,000 sustainable stores in bid to save US$50mn

Green Energy
Marcus Lawrence
2 min
Nestlé and Starbucks complete licensing deal for $7.15bn.
Starbucks has announced plans to open 10,000 “greener stores” around the world by 2025

The plans come under an initiative called the “Starbucks G...

Starbucks has announced plans to open 10,000 “greener stores” around the world by 2025

The plans come under an initiative called the “Starbucks Greener Stores Framework”, which the coffee company will develop with experts in the field such as SCS Global Services, and the World Wildlife Fund.

Kevin Johnson, Starbucks’ CEO, said in a company statement that Starbucks has a responsibility to promote environmental sustainability.

“We are a company in [sic] that believes, in the fabric of mission and values, that the pursuit of profit is not in conflict with the pursuit of doing good”.

The announcement aligns with Starbucks’ efforts over the past decade to create sustainable buildings, working in partnership with the US Green Building Council.

The company has said it will go beyond the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) sustainable building criteria, which it developed alongside the US Green Building Council, to focus on powering its stores in the US and Canada with 100% renewable energy.

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Starbucks plans to introduce technology to both new buildings and in renovations of existing stores that will save 25-30% on energy and water use.

Marketing Magazine said this could save Starbucks around US$50mn incrementally over the next decade.

This year, Starbucks committed to eliminate its reliance on single-use straws in 28,000 stores by 2020, and also said that it is developing compostable paper cups.

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