Thursday, July 23, 2009
Maker's Mark, A Green Drink?
these days it’s important to consider the environmental impact our actions have when we buy certain products - gasoline, for example. certain goods however, seem to fly under the radar. who knew, for instance, that maker’s mark is blazing the trail for ecologically friendly distilleries? the company uses locally sourced grain from local farmers within a 30 mile radius of their facility in a small town in kentucky. the facility recycles the byproducts of the distillation process (grain and water mix) and uses it to generate renewable energy. they also recycle about 95% of all their waste, and are looking to bring that number to 100% within the next 3 years. maker’s mark distillery also functions on less than 200 of its 620 acres of land, the remaining of which is operated as a nature preserve, where it houses its own arboretum of kentucky native species. maker's mark is the only distillery in north america with such a facility. although shipping and packaging this booze may raise concern, i think it's about as close to green as you can get so drink up!