Sorry to be a literal buzzkill — but booze leaves a huge carbon footprint. The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable calculated that a standard 750 ml bottle of alcohol produces around six pounds of carbon dioxide. The agriculture, brewing, distilling, packaging, transportation, and storage that alcohol requires all contribute to its environmental impact. Does that mean you need to resort to a dry New Year’s Eve — or maybe a moonshine operation in your basement? Not necessarily. We’ve rounded up six familiar sustainable alcohol brands that use eco-friendly practices to help offset their carbon footprint, from composting leftover ingredients to employing natural pest control strategies.
This way, you can ring in 2020 knowing your merrymaking choices have gone toward preserving the planet for the years to come.