Today is Earth Day – a date dedicated to ‘diversifying, educating and activating the environmental movement worldwide’. Yes, it’s a mouthful, but since the very first Earth Day in 1970, the movement has grown to include more than 75,000 partners in over 192 countries, all driving positive action for the planet.
This year, EarthDay.Org asks us all to make our own pledge for the planet. From taking action on plastic pollution and committing to reusables, to standing up for green spaces, and becoming a ‘citizen scientist’ – there are lots of different pledges to choose from, or you can create your own. To make yours, visit: www.earthday.org/pledge.
Once you’ve made your pledge, you might want to prepare for your new sustainable mindset with a stuff drink; here I’ve compiled a little list of delicious drinks brands which do their bit for the planet, too.
1. Toast Ale
Toast are a London-based brewery who make beer using surplus bread (to replace virgin barley), therefore using less land, water and energy, and avoiding carbon emissions. They give all profits to charity, not shareholders, thus funding the systemic change needed to fix the food system. I love their beer (and their ethos) so much, I put it on the bar at my wedding (see above).
Their latest creation is a juicy India Pale Ale brewed for Earth Day with surplus fresh bread, and wonky mangoes rescued by Oddbox, and Cardiff-founded juice company, Flawsome. This limited-edition beer is part of a year-long collab series with other fellow B Corp brands; check out my chocolate loaf cake recipe made with a chocolate stout brewed with Divine Chocolate.
2. Hawksbill Caribbean Spiced Rum
10% of all profits from the sale of Hawksbill Caribbean Rum goes directly towards turtle conservation projects overseas and beach cleaning in the UK; they recently commitment to 365 days of litter picking and waste clean-ups at beaches and parks across the UK in 2021. You can read more about their efforts to protect critically endangered marine creatures by clicking here.
I was #gifted a bottle of this rum to help me celebrate Earth Day at home this year, and as well as the packaging looking bloody gorgeous, I loved the warm vanilla notes – perfect with ginger beer and lots of ice.
3. St Davids Ramsey Island Gin
This unique Welsh gin contains botanicals hand-foraged from Ramsey Island, about 1 kilometre off St David’s Head in Pembrokeshire on the northern side of St Brides Bay. A donation from the sale of each bottle of Ramsey Island Gin goes towards funding wildlife projects on and around the island, all carried out by the RSPB.
We were given a bottle of this as a wedding present (as St Davids is my husband’s fave place in Wales); it’s bloody lush.
4. Discarded Cascara Vermouth
Back on the topic of tackling food waste, the Discarded Spirits Co was set up in 2018, to specifically address this issue in the drinks business.
Their first product was a vermouth. When coffee producers extract a bean from the coffee berry, they discard what’s left – the fruit. This fruit is called Cascara – it’s rich and fruity in flavour – and as it turns out – perfect for making a sweet, red vermouth.
5. Snow Leopard Vodka
The Snow Leopard Trust is the world’s largest organisation in the study and protection of the endangered Snow Leopard. 15% of all profits from the sales of Snow Leopard Vodka go directly to the Trust to help them on their mission. The vodka itself is made with luxury spelt grain, an ancient super grain which gives it a distinctive nutty taste and creamy texture.
To date, SLV has raised over $250,000 for snow leopard conservation projects world-wide. Lush.
Keen to read more? Check out this guide to lower impact beer from Ethical Consumer: ethicalconsumer.org/food-drink/shopping-guide/beer-lager.