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November 2020

Where Does Your Sugar Come From?

I recently read this article on FoodPrint.org called "Searching for Ethical Sugar." It's a look into the source and sustainability of the sugars we use in drinks. There is a lot of good information in it, so I encourage you to read it. I've pasted some highlights below, but the short answer is that it's a good idea to buy Fairtrade and/or Organic sugar. Unlike these other crops, though, sugar — the stand-alone product as well as the ingredient — is lacking in traceability. Even sugar that claims it was made in the USA may not have been grown within... Read more →


A Citrus-Free Cocktail Menu at Bulrush in St Louis

St. Louis restaurant Bulrush features "Ozark cuisine" and an extremely low-waste ethos, including ingredients in the cocktail program. The press release states: From house-made cider plus vinegars/shrubs made with gathered local ingredients like pawpaws, spicebush and okra, unlikely spirit infusions like stinging nettle cordial, brown butter-washed rum and Chanterelle mushroom whiskey, as well as the savory incorporation of items like chicken stock for their "Chicken Soup for the Grown Up Soul” drink and more, the cocktails and spirit-free options at this local hot spot are worth taking a closer look at. The most interesting aspect perhaps is that nothing on... Read more →


Compostable Plastics for Liquor Bottles Pros and Cons

An article in PlasticsToday is called "Bacardi’s Foray into Sustainable Packaging Has Some Challenges." It talks about compostable plastics that the company has announced they'll be switching to within a few years. While probably not the exact type of compostable plastic that compostable take-out food containers are made of, they're related, or rather they could have related problems. Recyclable plastic can go into recycling bins. Compostable plastic can be composted in gardens, or put into industrial/curbside compost bins only in some cities. I checked with my city, San Francisco, and their website says that "Products clearly labeled “Compostable”" can go... Read more →


A Publication About the Environmental Impact of Spirits and Bars

I was sent an email with a publication made by Ecochain, a company that can "measure your entire company’s environmental impact on material, product or process level and take the most effective measures." It's a quick and good read on some of the topics impacting our industry. The table of contents is in the first image below. They released an online magazine Spirits of the future: How sustainable changemakers are turning the liquor industry upside down that features some examples of producers and bar/event owners in the industry. You may recognize a few of them such as Avallen Calvados, Good... Read more →


The Sustainability of Paper Liquor Bottles

I recently came across this story in Packaging Digest, which is called "Are Paper Bottles Sustainable and Practical?" It features an interview with Lux Research Associate Drishti Masand. It addresses several of the issues I've been thinking about with paper bottles, as a few brands have announced they'll be moving some of their packaging to paper bottles. We'll start with his conclusion: Many companies are adopting solutions that solve the issue of plastics waste; however, they create a new set of sustainability challenges. All the alternative materials solutions have a separate set of problems associated with them; thus, they simply... Read more →