A 22-year-old student on our Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development (MPP) has won the first ever Maastricht Student Entrepreneur Award. Laura Nieboer took home the prize for her ‘Pieke Broodbier’ – a “really fruity” British Golden Ale with a “strong bite” and a novel twist: it is brewed from waste bread.
Laura told Zuid Limburg news: “I first realised I could have an ‘environmental career’ while studying for a BA in Environmental Sciences and Entrepreneurship at University College Maastricht… Later I joined a student association that focused on sustainable business, and then finally it was time to start for myself.”
Overall, said Laura: “I want to give value to waste. We don’t realise how much we unnecessarily throw away. Almost 10kg of bread per person per year [in the Netherlands]..! So I started thinking: there are ingredients in beer that are also in bread. Why not make beer from bread? But the funny thing is that I’m not a beer drinker myself.”
Speaking to De Limburger news, Laura said: “I think it’s important to highlight the conversation about excessive waste. But it’s not about me – I don’t have to be the only one doing this. It would be great if more and more products were produced from food that would otherwise be thrown away.”
MPP student Laura Nieboer will join our SITE4Society workshop on 17 January 2019. Please register via this link.
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