As concerns about the environment continue to grow, we’re seeing more and more brands’ commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. This is especially true in the alcohol industry, where a number of brands have made it their mission to reduce their carbon footprint and operate in a way that’s kinder to the planet. From breweries powered by renewable energy to distilleries that use recycled materials, there are a number of forward-thinking companies making a difference. Here are three eco-friendly alcohol brands you need to know about.
- Patagonia Provisions – California-based outdoor clothing company Patagonia has long been an environmentally conscious brand, so it’s no surprise that their food offshoot, Patagonia Provisions, is also focused on sustainability. All of Patagonia Provision’s beer is organic, and their Long Root Ale— brewed in partnership with Oregon State University—is made with an ancient grain called Kernza that requires far less water and fewer pesticides than conventional grains.
- Ocean Vodka – If you’re looking for a more eco-friendly option for your liquor cabinet, consider Oceans Vodka. Unlike many traditional vodkas, Oceans is made using deep ocean mineral water instead of traditional fresh water sources. This not only helps to conserve finite freshwater reserves, but also results in a distinct and smooth taste. In addition to its production process, Oceans Vodka also puts sustainability at the forefront of its operations. The bottle is made from 100% recycled materials and their distillery runs on renewable energy sources. So next time you’re hosting a cocktail party or stocking up your bar, consider choosing a vodka that puts the health of our oceans first.
- Coppersea Distilling – Located in New York’s Hudson Valley, Coppersea Distilling is committed to using local ingredients and sustainable practices throughout their operations. The grains they use to make their whiskey are all grown on site using organic methods, and any leftovers are fed to the farm animals or used as compost. They also use recycled copper stills and bottles, which reduces their reliance on new materials. Plus, all of their spirits are aged in Used Oak Bourbon Barrels from Kentucky, which would otherwise end up in landfills.
Sustainability is becoming increasingly important to consumers, and thankfully there are a number of alcohol brands that are taking eco-friendly initiatives seriously. From breweries powered by renewable energy to distilleries that use recycled materials, these companies are leading the charge when it comes to sustainability in the alcohol industry. Cheers to that!