Raise A Glass To The Earth Green Booze For Earth Day 2011
A few years ago, the closest you could get to "green beer" was on St. Patrick's Day, and if you wanted your beverage to come from organic sources, you'd have to brew it yourself.
With the explosion of interest in all things sustainable, though, you can now get a tremendous assortment of fine wines, beers and liquors, all made with the finest ingredients that are good for your palate AND for the planet.
Red wine, white wine, GREEN wine
Fetzer Vinyards of Mendocino, California has been one of the pioneers of sustainable practices (like using renewable energy), working to keep it green (and Vegan!) for 25 years.
In honor of Earth Day 2011, they're running a special edition of their California Chardonnay. On the outside, they use a lighter bottle made with recycled glass, labeled with artwork from Mendocino painter Anne Kessler. As part of the package, Fetzer is donating $10,000 to Leave No Trace. And inside the bottle? Yummmmmm....
The Greenbar Collective inhabits an unassuming little warehouse in Monrovia California. But the fully-organic beverages they make there are, to put it bluntly, some of the best alcohols we've ever tasted.
Their TRU vodkas are the epitome of crisp and clean; their Crusoe rum is smooth and sensual, and their TRU gin is a revelation - my usual preference for gin is to use it as a cleaning fluid, but this is so fresh and light that I'd drink it as a sipping liquor.
And dig this - for each bottle they sell they plant a tree, so that your evening of drinking actually makes you carbon neutral for the day (if not the whole week!)
360 Vodka was created with the intent to be the first eco friendly distilled spirit in the world. Their efforts to be a quality vodka is only match by their drive to be a leading green business. 360 Vodka's wholistic approach to being a green distillery extends to the following features:
- The Bottle: Made from 85% recycled glass. It can be recycled or reused for storing vinegars, olive oils, water, ect.
- The Swing-top Cap & the Close the Loop Program: The cap allows for reuse of the bottle as mentioned above, or buyers can utilize the Close the Loop program. Close the Loop allows buyers to request a quantity of prepaid envelopes and mail back the swing-top caps for 360 Vodka's reuse. For each swing-top cap they get back, 306 Vodka donates $1 to Global Green USA.
- Forrest 360: McCormick, the Missouri Department of Conservation and partners have aligned initiatives in Forrest 360, an effort to plant indigenous trees on 40 acres of the land around the 360 distillery.
360 Vodka is a truly sustainable distillery producing quality vodka. They can be found in some grocery stores and at your local BevMo.