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These Zero-Waste Cocktails Use Food Scraps To Refresh Drinks

By Brian Spaen

Similar to food waste, cocktail creators are becoming more environmentally conscious about their drinks. Two London bartenders are stepping up with an organization called Trash Tiki, an open-source platform that hopes to inspire others to use ingredients that were otherwise destined to the trash.

Trash Tiki was founded by Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths. Their focus is to make tasty anti-waste cocktails using ingredients such as corn cobs, orange peels, apple pulp, leftover juice, egg yolk, and so much more. All drinks are served in metal cups and bamboo straws that can be reused.

Inspiration for the drinks came when the bartenders worked with Dan Barber at “wastED London,” a community that links multiple positions -- be it chefs, farmers, or distributors -- to work together in eliminating waste. Trash Tiki was born as a side project and now they’re touring it around the world. It’s currently on a North American tour this summer with upcoming stops to Detroit, Chicago, and Seattle to round out the month of August.