We believe you have a right to know how your drinks are made, and what the making of them means for the environment and society that helps create them. As such we’re adding to the information we provide about each bottle, and making it easy to shop for drinks that align with your values. You can explore each category below, as well as learn more about how the world of drinks is striving to be ever more sustainable.
Our Sustainability Commitments
As a retailer that’s passionate about everyone playing their part to reduce environmental impact, improve the health of the planet and create resilient communities, we have two important commitments. The first is to champion producers who are leading the way in terms of sustainability, both so that drinkers can make informed choices and that others can be inspired to follow in their footsteps. Second, and just as important, is a commitment to holding a magnifying glass up to our own business and improving our practices wherever we can. We’re far from perfect, yet, but we want to be.
How to Shop Sustainably
Sustainability has become a buzzword in recent years but for many drinks brands it’s long been a way of life. On this page, we’re featuring a rotating snapshot of what just a few of the companies we work with are doing, and are very proud to be part of an industry which is constantly innovating to produce the best drinks in the most planet-positive way.
Sustainability has become a buzzword in recent years but for many drinks brands it’s long been a way of life. We’re featuring a rotating snapshot of what a few companies are doing on this page, and are very proud to be part of an industry which is constantly innovating to produce the best drinks in the most planet-positive way.
In 2021, this small Champagne house announced its new rallying cry, ‘in the name of mother nature.’ Since then, Telmont has emerged as a sustainability leader, reducing packaging weight and supply chain emissions while showing an exemplary commitment to greener production. The firm aims to convert all of its vineyards to organic agriculture by 2025 and to assist all of its partner growers to achieve the same by 2031. In a region with an entrenched commitment to tradition, this kind of forward-thinking is well-worth raising a glass to.
Scottish distilleries have always depended on the country’s waterways to make their whisky, but in the past this dependence often carried an environmental cost. Leading the charge for a new kind of whisky making is Glengoyne near Glasgow. In addition to using only sustainable energy and recyclable packaging, the distillery maintains its own wetlands on site. The Glenygoyne wetlands act as a habitat for local wildlife and a natural filtration system for distillery waste. After passing through its dense reed beds, all that is left of the spent-lees and other by-products is pure water that flows back into the distillery river.
The first Irish distillery to achieve B Corp certification, Boatyard produces gin and vodka that’s kinder to the earth. In order to achieve the internationally recognised endorsement this small operation in Enniskillen passed a rigorous assessment of its environmental and social credentials and committed to stringent standards of transparency and accountability. To date, Boatyard has introduced entirely recycled glass, paper, and cardboard to its packaging and installed an anaerobic digestion plant to convert distillery waste into energy which is exported to the national grid. Significant milestones on the road to net zero emissions.