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A stewardship Ethic

Environmental Sustainability

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When it comes to environmental sustainability, we’ve left no part of the business untouched and are always working to improve. It’s not easy and perfection is hard to come by, but we’ve learned that it’s always possible to make better choices for the planet and our people. 

 

Data compiled from our 2018 B Corp Assessment

Reducing our footprint one step at a time.

 
 
 

Sustainable business practices have been important from the start, but beginning in 2012, we really shined a light on all aspects of our environmental footprint.

Since then, we’ve made some big changes. Our distillery, barrel room, warehouse, and tasting room are 100% wind powered.

We work with Terrapass to offset carbon production through programs that plant trees, install innovative renewable energy like photo voltaic solar grids, and capture methane from landfills—all in the USA (view the detailed stats).

Our bottle supplier is the first beverage packaging company to be certified Cradle to Cradle for its production methods.

 

We print on recycled stocks using soy inks from GreenerPrinter, and we print our labels and case boxes on FSC certified paper.

Our Tasting Room and Distillery are warmed by recycled heat produced by our stills. We do not use any plastic straws, plastic to-go containers, or plastic cups, ever.

We purchase American-grown sugar cane from a co-op that generates all of its electricity and boiler-firing heat from the sugar cane itself.

We’ve reduced landfill-bound waste by 75%. And that’s just part of the story.

 

75%

Reduction in landfill-Bound waste

100%

Waste-free brand education events

 

100%

Recycled napkins and paper bags in the tasting room

10%

of t-shirt sales donated to Refugee support

 

Carbon Offsets

(Detailed stats available here.)

 

Read the full (and growing list) of sustainability practices HERE or check out the following examples:

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Sustainability: A Work in Progress

 

When our founder and owner Karen Hoskin speaks about sustainability, she has an analogy she likes to use: Wrangling a company’s environmental footprint is like trying to keep a bunch of tiny octopuses in a basket. As soon as you get one in, another jumps out. The trick is to keep on trying, and recognize that any progress is better than no progress at all.

 

 
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Here are some challenges we’re working on now:

  • Eliminating landfill-bound waste

  • Processing organic waste now that our commercial composter closed

  • Incentivizing staff and partners to follow zero-waste policies

Experience in these arenas? We’d love to hear from you!

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