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SUSTAINABILITY

“It is not easy being green. Everyone leaves a carbon footprint.

Identify it and start  reducing it, through smart initiatives. ”

OUR ROADMAP

Downton Distillery is now Green Small Business Certified. The distillery was looking towards becoming a certified 'B Corporation' but due to the company structure and current conditions it is was decided that it was not the right fit for the organisation. B Corp businesses meet the highest standards of verified social, environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. This is something that the Distillery aspires to and will continue to bench mark against.

OUR OBJECTIVES

Our sustainability objectives are the following:

  • Create bottle for life programme.
  • Create wilding environment around the distillery.
  • Educate through events and courses.
  • Improve the amount of recycled glass that is used within our bottles.
  • Use green energy within the distillery.
  • Measure and start reducing our carbon footprint to zero.
  • Measure and reduce our plastic footprint.
  • Our environment, helping protect and nuture.
  • Reduce our waste (bottles, materials, bi-products, packaging).
  • Reduce water wastage.
  • Replant juniper on the Wiltshire Downs, on the vineyard.
  • Responsible consumption and production.
  • Source responsibly & ethically.
  • Use of environmentally friendly materials.
  • Use recyclable packaging.
  • Waste - accounted for through PRNs (package recycling notes).
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USING BUSINESS AS A FORCE FOR GOOD

The case for recycling is strong. The bottom line is clear. Recycling requires a trivial amount of our time.

Recycling saves money and reduces pollution.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to create unique spirits using traditional practices, whilst creating a visionary and sustainable brand. We believe in supporting ethical suppliers, whilst contributing to our vibrant industry and inspiring others to follow our steps. Ambition means nothing without action.

OUR VISION

Our vision is to be a leader in sustainable business. Since our beginning in 2019, Downton Distillery has benchmarked ethical and sustainable pioneers within our industry setting a target of where we believe the distillery should be. The commitments we have made to our community and how our customers have shaped the way we do business.

We made the decision to be as plastic free as possible from day one, first because we think it's the right thing and secondly to share with our peers that it is achievable to all. Thankfully it is becoming easier to achieve each year.
 

These actions may sound simple, but they are not, nor are they an exhaustive list of our proudest achievements. Regardless of what we have achieved to date, we will continue to push our priorities forward across our sustainability pillars, in community, environment, products and our team.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Climate action grows more important by the day. Small businesses make up 90% of businesses worldwide. Together we have a huge role to play in tackling the climate crisis. We’re proud to be a member of the @SMEClimateHub community, and are delighted to receive our badge as official recognition of our business’ commitment to reduce our impact on the environment through authentic action. This is something that you too can sign up to.


Our environmental action plan and policy is validated annually by Green Small Business. In 2022 we got a special mention from 'The Gin Guide' for the work that we have been undertaking.

TOGETHER

Together with your help we have taken huge strides and been recognised for the work completed to date.


(2023.03.06) We became Accredited with The Good Shopping Guide. Achieving a score of 92 and reached the top of its Spirits ranking table.

 

(2023.03.10) The distillery won the Wiltshire Life 'Green Business Award'.

 

(2023.05.10) Winner in the Environmental Sustainability category of 'The Gin Guide Awards 2023'.

 

(2023.06.22) Presented the Gold Award by the Green Business Association Salisbury.


(2023.12.01) Great Bustard Gin is launched in partnership with the Great Bustard Conservation Group.


OUR PARTNERS

We have been working with some fantastic partners and continue to do so. Through them our education continues to grow, which in turn we can share with you.


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MEASURING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

"The low carbon economy is at the leading edge of a structural shift now taking place globally."

William Hague

NET ZERO

In order to prevent the worst climate damages, global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net zero around 2050. Net zero refers to a state in which the greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere are balanced by removal out of the atmosphere. 


The term net zero is important because – for CO2 at least – this is the state at which global warming stops. This aligns with the goal of keeping global warming below 1.5C. The greatest challenge is to get everyone pulling the same direction.

HOW

Do you know your CO2 footprint? Would you know how to measure it?


Many of us are unaware of what our Carbon footprint is, nor how to measure it. Over the last couple of years I have tried to calculate it, using spreadsheets trying to avoid expensive consultant fees. As companies align to become Net Zero this task has now become easier, with many now offering you free toolsets to use (within their subscription models).


Scope 1 emissions: Covers the Green House Gas (GHG) emissions that a company makes directly — for example while running its boilers and vehicles.

Scope 2 emissions: Covers indirect emissions that a company makes indirectly – like when the electricity or energy it buys for heating and cooling buildings.

Scope 3 emissions: Covers emissions associated, not with the company itself, but that the organisation is indirectly responsible for, up and down its value chain. For example, from buying products from its suppliers, and from its products when customers use them. (Emissions-wise, Scope 3 is always the largest).


Working with Normative and their SME Climate Hub we have been able to map our Carbon Footprint. We have also made our SME Climate Commitment, where we will be reporting our progress over the next 18 months. This will also be validated through Green Small Business.


2022 CO2 footprint was 12.6mT. Our supply chain (scope 3) accounted for 75% of this footprint.

2023 CO2 footprint was 19.7mT. Our supply chain (scope 3) accounted for 78% of this footprint.


This footprint is addressed by using both Carbon Offsets and Carbon Removals. Carbon offsets include planting juniper, trees and renewable energy projects. Carbon removal uses direct air capture (Orca Project) and reforestation.

 

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360 REVIEW OF BUSINESS

'Never refuse to reuse'

ANONYMOUS

PLASTICS

The plastic bag project quote that 'In Western Europe, approximately 92 kilograms of plastic per capita are consumed annually, and this quantity is increasing. Worldwide use per capita stands at about 35 kilograms. The largest amount of plastic waste comes from the packaging industry: two-thirds generated by households and one-third by industry and commerce.'


This is a staggering number and working in a distillery plastic appears wrapped around all the bottles delivered to us. We have taken great strides to reduce the amount that we are using and are mapping our plastic footprint. 


Did you know that your foam cleaning pad contains polyurethane? Did you also know that many aluminum cans are lined with plastic? This thin lining is added to keep the metal from breaking down and to protect the drink’s freshness?


By understanding our plastic footprint, we would like to become plastic neutral within.

BECOMING ETHICAL

Everyone wants to be ethical but how we spend our money can have an impact.


Every time you shop you support a brand with your own money. When you buy from brands that have a positive impact it’s like voting for a better world. By carefully choosing what you buy, researching the brand and interacting with them, you can choose products that have a positive impact on the brands community, environment and welfare of staff.


But we also need to be held accountable for our own actions, as these speak louder than words and filled in forms. We do our own research of brands using the Ethical consumer index and by discussing suppliers within the industry, who we trust and why. What actions are they taking to reduce their own footprints?



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BE PART OF THE ECO JOURNEY

"Do something drastic – cut the plastic!

Waste isn’t waste until we waste it.”

Will.I.Am, musician

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