A good drink needn’t cost the earth. And with drinks makers across the world now making efforts to offset their impact on the environment, now’s the time to seek out to be a more sustainable consumer.
There’s no getting around it, from elaborate packaging to the vast amounts of water used, and the heat and energy required for the brewing and distillation process, the drinks industry is responsible for a huge amount of waste. However, from sustainable sourcing practices to the use of alternative energy, there are now several producers making strides to become even more eco-friendly, with some even claiming to benefit the environment. Here are some ways for consumers to drink more sustainably.
The shorter the distance glass is shipped, the lower the carbon footprint. Transporting heavy liquor bottles requires a lot of energy. Stocking your home bar and drinking spirits from local wineries, breweries, and distilleries is a simple way to cut down on alcohol production's large carbon footprint. Do a little extra research before your next liquor run, you can also purchase from local manufacture. Whenever you visit a new place, you should ask them to recommend a local craft beer to try. It’s a fun way to get a taste of the local scene.
Choose Simpler Packaging
Sure, there's nothing like the satisfying clink of beer bottles, but aluminum cans are more efficient to transport and, in the end, easier to recycle. Better yet, if you're a regular at a local brewery or taproom, nab a refillable growler you can top up. And if you're still hesitant about drinking sparkling rosé in cans or hard liquor packaged in paper milk cartons, look for manufacturers whose handblown glass bottles you'll never want to throw in the garbage. Also try to get into the habit of saying, “no straw” when you order a cocktail because even fancy cocktails in glasses always seem to have a plastic straw poking out of them.
Organic Alcohol is produced in a way that promotes the sustainability of our planet. Companies producing organic alcohol aim to minimize their impact on the environment by using alternative energy sources, reducing waste, and recycling. Some even use their profits to support organizations involved in protecting our environment. Non-organic alcohols are produced using a variety of unnatural chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and other additives, that are a threat not only to the environment but also to human health. To protect your body and the environment from these substances, always opt for organic alcohols.
Support Sustainable Practices.
With all the barriers in the way of making affordable organic beer, don’t look down on breweries making conventional craft beer, but doing it sustainably. Initiatives like converting waste to energy, using all-electric forklifts, and switching to non-toxic cleaning products in the beer garden are examples of sustainable practices by liquor manufacturers. Even sustainable agricultural practices for wine production need to be supported by choosing sustainability-produced liquor over commerciality-produced ones.
Don’t forget to Drink seasonally, use seasonal ingredients for cocktails and keep the mojitos and daiquiris for the summer, and be adventurous by pulling out the old bottles from the back of your drinks cabinet. You might just find a gem, reduce your consumption, and save some money.