I like to think that alcohol in and of itself is good for all mankind. It makes people happier, friendlier, and much more likely to dance like a fool if given the opportunity. Unfortunately, your favorite spirits are probably not the most eco-friendly drinks on the block (or bar). Instead of forgoing your Saturday nights, just swap your faves for these green alternatives and feel free to party on!
Veev: An excellent substitute for vodka, Veev is actually manufactured from acai berries which are packed with antioxidants and anthocyanins. What makes this drink even better, however, is the company’s commitment to the environment. Veev donates $1 towards the Brazilian rainforest for every bottle sold, preserving their sustainable acai supply. Veev is also the first carbon-neutral liquor company, powering all of their distillers through renewable energy. Pass up the Smirnoff and throw one of these back with friends (but don’t forget to toast to the Brazilian rainforest first!).
OneHope Sauvignon Blanc: I bought this baby on a whim at BevMo (5 cent sale, anyone?) and felt an instant karma boost. With every bottle sold, OneHope donates 50% of the profits to the American Forest, a charity aimed at protecting, restoring, and enhancing our native trees and forests. If you’re not a sauvignon blanc fan, there are several other wines to choose from, each with their own cause. Drink chardonnay for breast cancer, merlot for AIDS, or zinfandel for our troops overseas. Whichever you choose, you can bet you’ll feel a little buzz of goodness with every glass.
New Belgium beer: This brewery from Fort Collins, Colorado has a long list of environmental actions and achievements. I am not going to go through the whole list here because, well, I’m lazy. Here are the most notable ones of the bunch:
* Decreased energy usage in their brewing and in the facility itself due to efficient lighting, sustainable building materials, and efficient brew kettles.
* Wind power and waste water are used to produce renewable energy for the factory.
* Encouragement of bike transportation by hosting an annual bike festival and giving every employee a free bike after 1 year of employment.
* Member of 1% For the Planet, meaning that they give 1% of their revenue to environmental non-profits.
ModMix organic mixers: The name says it all – ModMix creates a line of fully organic mixers for your favorite cocktails. This means no chemicals, no synthetic pesticides, and no harmful substances. You can use ModMix for pretty much any drink you could imagine. Their products include mixes for citrus margaritas, French martinis, lavender lemon drops, mojitos, pomegranate cosmos, and wasabi bloody marys. Just be sure to mix these babies with a sustainable alcohol such as Papagayo organic rums, 4Copas tequila, or TruVodka.