**Tonight’s event will be at The Lieutenant’s Pump due to weather concerns!**

Dirty Duck Soap awarded grant from JustChange

Animal fat is a subject that no one really wants to discuss. Most of us do not want to know, nor care about where the chicken fat that is resting on top of our chicken stock goes, or how the pan drippings from our prime rib roast are disposed of. However, animal fats are a major source of dioxins, which can be toxic to the environment.

According to the World Health Organization, they are considered among the dubious “dirty dozen” – a group of dangerous chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants. Long-term storage and improper disposal of animal fats may result in dioxin release into the environment and the contamination of human and animal food supplies.

Dirty Duck Soap is an innovative social enterprise based out of Algonquin College that aims to help reduce the waste output of restaurants and food establishments by collecting their spent animal fats, and turning them it into a useable, environmentally friendly by-products.

“It is critical for us, as it helps to break the mindset of ‘farm to fork’ …to a… ‘farm to fork and then what’ mentality” – David Fairbanks, Dirty Duck Soap

They also use 100% of their proceeds to contribute to the student emergency fund at Algonquin College, involving students in applied learning. Their current partners are Savoir Fare, a gourmet food store run by the Algonquin’s School of Hospitality and Tourism’s culinary department, as well as, The Red Apron and Thyme and Again Catering. The fats are removed during the rendering and production of culinary products (such as poultry stocks, duck confit, prime ribs etc.) and are prepared by students under the supervision of certified chefs at Algonquin College.

You can check out Dirty Duck Soap’s online store here: http://www.dirtyducksoap.ca/

After establishing micro-sales over the past 18 months, Dirty Duck Soap is ready for the next step in the development of their social enterprise by expanding business into more local communities, farmers markets and by increased advertising. JustChange is proud to support this endeavour by providing a $1,000 donation to help accelerate this local initiative.

 

Join us on June 11th at 6:00pm at The Lieutenant’s Pump to celebrate Dirty Duck Soap’s award.