In November 2022, we achieved B Corporation Certification and joined a global movement of like-minded organisations, using business as a force for good. We've always been determined to produce premium spirits in a sustainable, community-minded way, balancing purpose and profit.
Becoming B Corp means we meet (and must continue to meet) rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. To achieve this, we worked with our employees and customers to reach a high level of inclusion, and with our supply chain to achieve high levels of transparency and accountability. To stay certified, we’ll need to continuously improve our practices and we’re determined to do this.
We’re now part of a global community of B Corporations, which includes trail-blazers setting standards for sustainability, such as Patagonia, Finisterre, Ben and Jerry’s, Oxfam, Brewgooder, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee and Sipsmith.
Our purpose has always been beyond just product, to balance purpose with profit, improve people’s lives and care for our planet.
We produce premium spirits in a sustainable, community-minded way, using ethically sourced ingredients. We want to inspire a reconnection with nature, working alongside and in balance with it. We’re passionate about making people’s lives better and considering the well-being of our planet.
Our iconic bottle is made of 100% natural materials, is plastic-free, strong enough to be reused and a thing of beauty to be cherished…
In the Solent – the stretch of water between the Isle of Wight and mainland Britain – seagrass meadows spread across the ocean floor. These incredible plants sequester carbon at an astounding rate and shelter a wealth of wildlife, creating ecosystems beneath the waters. It’s estimated that 92% of these meadows have been lost over the last 100 years, damaged by pollution, human activity, reduced water quality, disease, and the effects of climate change. So we’re working with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to monitor and restore these meadows in the waters surrounding our island home.
HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT WILDLIFE TRUST
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust work to protect the wildlife and wild places outside our distillery door. We’ve partnered with the organisation as Wilder Champions, donating funds and assisting with seagrass restoration projects taking place in the Solent.
SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE
Started by a group of surfers, Surfers Against Sewage fights water pollution across the UK. They campaign and organise beach cleans, publish support on how to live a plastic-free lifestyle and raise awareness of the plastic pollution across our beautiful coastline. We are proud to be partners of SAS.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES
We relaunched our new, plastic-free Mermaid bottle and were accredited as Plastic-Free by A Plastic Planet.
We worked with Viscore Closures to develop a pioneering tamper-proof seal. Over 10 million units have now been supplied to various spirit brands worldwide – a win for us, Viscose and the industry!
We removed plastic packing nuts from our site, swapping to an eco-friendly version made from natural starch.
We removed tape from our packaging, instead using metal staples.
We made the decision to use 'Who Gives a Crap' toilet paper across sites.
We were lucky enough to find a local company that collect excess cardboard to create horse bedding, they now collect excess cardboard twice weekly! Less waste, happy horses!
We won the ADI award for Best Eco-Packaging.
A closed loop cooling system was installed, meaning we use less energy.
Energy contracts were transferred over, so we now use only 100% renewable energy companies.
Four car charging points were installed on our main site and two electric vehicles replaced petrol vehicles.
We made the decision to only buy plant-based and eco-friendly cleaning products, swapping to Ecover.
We requested suppliers of Point of Sale items, such as pin badges and bar blades, removed all plastic from packaging sent to us.
We achieved B Corporation certification!
We moved our online courier to Royal Mail as they are taking action to become Net Zero by 2040.
We had moulds produced for a 10% reduction in glass weight.
Started using 100% recycled plastic pallet wrap.
Created our own carbon calculator to monitor our month-by-month footprint.
During the last year, we have worked incredibly hard with our supply chain, auditing each supplier to ensure they are falling in line with 2050's Net Zero target.
Each and every one of our suppliers are working with us to create sustainability strategies to help reduce the carbon footprint in the manufacturing industry.
By working with our supply chain, we can work towards a more sustainable industry for future generations.
We know we have a long way to go to reach our goal of becoming a net zero, energy-efficient business.
By 2025, we’re aiming to:
Eliminate plastic wrap on pallets dispatched.
Reduce the amount of paper we print.
Work with our courier companies to eliminate plastic mailbags & offer a carbon-neutral delivery service across the UK.
Relaunch an improved bottle refill scheme.
Reduce the volume of glass in our bottle.
Introduce energy-efficient stills.
Purchase an electric delivery van for our local deliveries.
Relaunch our HMS range in plastic-free packaging.
We are on the road to becoming net zero. Working with Good Business, we calculated our carbon footprint to be 365 tonnes in 2019. To balance this, we invested in projects that actively protect the environment and that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an equivalent amount. We also set targets to reduce our footprint in all aspects of our supply chain and developed initiatives to achieve them. Read our offsetting report.
New governance, brought in during November 2021, encourages businesses to develop Sustainability Strategies based on clear, Science Based Targets (SBTi).
We plan to be Net Zero by 2030, by setting a near-term SBT aligning with the 1.5-degree pathway. We aim to do this by eliminating our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions and reducing our Scope 3 emissions, offsetting where necessary. As always, we will be sharing our journey with you.
We will play our part in achieving a global net-zero economy, working up and down our value chain to advocate for change. We need our suppliers to move to renewable energy, and our distillery will move to renewable energy to power the stills and will capture waste, heat and other resources used in the process. Join us in helping make a positive impact on our environment and don’t stop holding us, and each other, accountable.