We all deserve a good drink or two after an exhausting day at work to relax and unwind. Unfortunately, getting buzzed is not great for the environment.
A report by the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable states that a standard 750ml bottle of alcohol produces around 2.75kg of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent of six giant exercise balls of CO2. From the energy-consuming and waste-producing distilling process to the use of single-use packaging and gas-guzzling transportation, every step of the alcohol production, packing and distribution process contributes to its environmental impact.
Does this mean that we have to give up our booze if we want to do our part for the environment?
Thankfully, there are ways for us to enjoy our alcohol and save the earth at the same time.
Firstly, you can choose to drink sustainable beers and spirits. According to guidelines laid out by the International Wine and Spirit Competition, alcohol is made sustainably when it meets these criteria—recycling and repurposing of waste products such as casks, removal of single-use plastics from the supply chain, and ensuring that the entire production process is energy efficient
Another great way to reduce alcohol’s carbon footprint is to buy local. British newspaper The Guardian estimates that imported beers produce at least three times the amount of CO2 as compared to a locally brewed pint of beer.
As for wines, those made with organically grown grapes, without the addition of sulphites and are farmed organically with minimal intervention in the natural fermenting process are much more sustainable options than regular wines. Mass produced wines usually contain chemicals that will eventually damage the eco-system.
So, the next time you are craving for some good alcohol, why not go for a locally made or sustainable choice? Here’s a list of our picks.
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