When you’re looking to reduce the impact of your bar one of the best things you can do is opt for spirits and products that focus on sustainability.
Interest in sustainability and reduced waste is on the rise, but for the service industry, there’s a limit to how much waste can truly be reduced. One of the ways to reduce the environmental impact of your bar is to opt for brands that are taking green initiatives. Replacing some of your bottles with sustainable alternatives may seem simple but it can make a big impact, especially if you swap out your most used and well spirits.
The California based distiller is inspired by the stunning redwood forests of the Pacific Coast and the naturalist and conservationist work of John Muir. The brand uses a still that allows them to conserve water and energy; any water not used in the distilling process runs through a reclamation facility ensuring it’s pure again before it re-enters the water table. The brand also partners with a program to plant a tree for each bottle sold.
This popular Swedish vodka has been working to improve their sustainability for the last few years and has made incredible strides. All of their raw ingredients come from one source, a community in Southern Sweden, which allows them to have much more insight on the ingredients and their production. The company promotes sustainable farming methods, so the wheat they use needs less fertilizer and pesticides. They also work to reduce waste by distributing the protein rich wheat by-product for local use as livestock food and using bottles made from more than 40% recycled glass.
When founder and tequilero David Ravandi began development of 123 Organic Tequila he knew he wanted to create something that gave back. Distilled from sustainably grown Agave, the spirits by 123 Organic are bottled in hand-blown recycled glass and labeled with recycled paper and soy ink. The brand holds organic certifications from both the USDA and the EU.
Made from 100% USDA certified organic corn, Prairie Organic is a longtime favorite when it comes to sustainable spirits. The brand works with Midwestern family farms that use a range of sustainable processes to help ensure that their products are more than just organic. The line also uses 100% renewable energy and is zero-waste.
It’s not possible to talk about sustainability without talking about Bacardi Brands. The company has taken a wide range of initiatives in their drive to improve sustainability across their portfolio. Recently, they announced a plant-based bottle that biodegrades in 18 months. The new bottles will be rolled out by 2023 and will replace 80 million plastic bottles and 2,500 tons of plastic annually.
Based in New Zealand, Broken Shed takes its responsibility to be sustainable seriously. The brand looked to the country’s large dairy industry when developing their unique vodka. Whey is a sugar-rich natural milk product that is often discarded, when it gets into water systems it can cause a wide range of problems including harmful algae blooms. Broken Shed uses the whey from their own grass-fed cows for their vodka resulting in a naturally gluten free and GMO-free spirit.