CARBON NEUTRAL SINCE 2018
The Gin Kitchen distillery, in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has been carbon neutral (scope 1 and 2) since 2018. All of our energy for the production of our spirits and heating and lighting the buildings comes from renewable sources.
Distilling traditionally requires large volumes of water for cooling the stills and reducing the spirit. To dramatically reduce the distillery's water consumption we developed our own closed-loop cooling system using reservoirs, heat exchangers and a lot of thermodynamics know-how from a past-life designing rocket motors.
The water we use for reducing the spirits becomes part of our product. It is sourced from local aquifers and delivered through the mains water system. Due to the large volume of underground water sources in the area, and the small amount of water required, our operations are sustainable even in times of drought.
MATERIALS / PLASTICS
We are currently working on eliminating plastic from all our packaging. We use cardboard boxes for shipping, secured with paper-based tape. We're experimenting with different materials to provide shock impact such as mushroom cushioning and cardboard pulp.
Our bottles are made from porcelain, which requires less energy to fire than glass, and the stoppers from wood from sustainable sources. We are phasing in on-site screen printing and the only plastic remaining so far is recyclable PVC in the tamper-proof heat-shrink capsules and in some labels such as Insane Ostrich.
We compost the byproducts of distillation such as spent juniper. The majority of the rest of our waste is recyclable packaging sent to us by our suppliers, which we send for recycling.
We deliberately planned for our bottles to be reusable by end users, for example as decoration, vases, carafes etc. This cuts down on downstream waste as well as the energy needed to handle that waste. Secondly bottles may be brought back to the distillery to be refilled. This reduces waste as well as the energy and resources needed to produce a new bottle. Porcelain is hard-wearing and will last for many refills. We offer a bulk-refill service for our bigger clients. Thirdly, if a bottle does need to be disposed of, porcelain can be recycled into building hardcore, or broken up and safely disposed in land fill where it will remain inert, eventually returning to its original clay form.