Whilst the journey by our co-founder James to establish the distillery was a little by chance, his approach to sustainably has not. We apply a conscious effort to be as sustainable as possible. We certainly have a long journey ahead of us to reach carbon neutrality and B.Corp status, but here are some of our efforts so far.
We are currently renting our building and unable to install solar. In 2022 we have been speaking with Horizon Power about offering a 100% renewable energy purchase option for businesses like us unable to install solar. Horizon Power are considering a trial.
We recycle cooling water for use in our small still. We are looking at water recycling options for our big still, or even using the cooling water to water a botanical garden. Our new premises will recycle all still cooling water.
We are using Climate Clever carbon accounting software to track all of our energy, water and vehicle emissions. This software allows us to determine our total footprint, and opportunities to reduce our emissions. Our goal is to track and offset our carbon emissions to become carbon negative by 2023.
Using offsets is not our preference, but a means to an end. We are considering relocation and will implement several environmental initiatives as part of this relocation that will avoid the need for offsets.
A Focus on Local
Our goal is to support local initiatives over the amazing global initiatives (eg. 1% for the planet) that are out there. We're taking the time to speak with our local shire, local tree planting organisations and traditional owners to see what potential there is to create carbon offsetting programs that directly benefit the Esperance community. We are working with Impact Seed towards this goal. It is a longer and more involved journey, but much more targetted and beneficial for our local community. No programs are currently running, but the discussion has begun.