Making the most of our resources
Helping to ensure that we get the most out of our resources is an important goal for everyone. We can do this by finding ways to reuse, recycle materials, and investing in renewable sources of energy. By doing our part, we can make sure that everyone has access to the resources they need for a better quality of life. Exeter Gin works towards lowering its Carbon Foot Print.
We are all accountable when it comes to the future of our planet, a priority that we need to embrace . Many gin and rum producers are already working hard towards improving our carbon footprint so you can enjoy your gin and tonic knowing we're doing our bit towards sustainability.
It is not always easy to balance eco v business but if we all do our bit by lowering our individual business footprint and keep up to date with what’s new and effective we will make a difference. We hope this will enhance our customers experience when visiting the gin school knowing we are doing our. Tackling carbon footprint will forever be a job to do but in the words of my beloved Grandad “if you pick something, you plant something”. In other words it’s all about balance and sustainability.
This is some of what we do at Exeter Gin Distillery.
Over the last 5 years we have made a conscious effort to reduce our carbon footprint and put a number of measures in place.
Our packaging is 100% recyclable and we've had no land fill waste in the 7 years we have been operating. We use the fantastic Flexi-hex products in Cornwall for our packaging; which is sustainable packaging sleeve made from paper that is 100% plastic free.
3 years ago we launched our Gin Pouch range, which are fantastic for refilling bottles or for single use when camping, caravanning or undertaking similar activities. We also have solar panels on the roof our distillery and office, and use hybrid transportation.
As an eco-friendly business we will continue to reduce our carbon footprint inline with the Governments Net Zero policy.
We also review our suppliers and their commitment to reducing carbon footprint. An example of who we work with:
LittlePod Vanilla - Janet Sawyer MBE has been recognised for her work with deforestation and reducing the need for Palm Oil production. Janet has successfully negotiated for land in Indonesia to be protected by using it for growing vanilla as it grows on the majority of trees hence slowing down deforestation. Janet’s personal favourite is Granny Garbutt’s Gin as her preferred gin and tonic.
Janet’s work as an ambassador has been instrumental in farmers now growing vanilla and even has her own vanilla farm in Bali. Did you know that 97% of vanilla is synthetic so there is a huge commercial demand for this luxury product.
In addition there is a call for a reduction in deforestation the main culprit being the demand for palm oil and intensive farming. I visited Indonesia many years ago and saw the devastation and impact on wildlife so this is why we use Janet’s ‘Littlepod’ vanilla in our Granny Garbutt’s Gin. I have much admiration for Janet and her work. Visit LittlePod here >
Flexi Hex - This is an award winning packaging company that have won so many eco awards at home in the UK and internationally and even better still, they are located one county away from us in Cornwall. Everything they package from Surfboards to bottles is ground breaking and for us it is another amazing local business with even more amazing people bringing more eco products to the table! Visit Flexi Hex here >
Finally, we have reduced our energy consumption and carbon emissions by using renewable energy sources, such as solar. In addition to this if we can increase sales of the pouches we are in a position to send these to specialist recycling company who have low carbon footprint and can turn the pouches (every bit of the pouch) back into the same or similar product therefore eliminating new single use products! Combined with using fever tree cans that also have a better footprint makes that gin and tonic that much more attractive!