Dublin 8-based Stillgarden Distillery has launched the D8 Rebate, a bottle return scheme that encourages fans to return empty bottles in return for a 500ml pouch of drink or a €2 rebate.

As part of the D8 Rebate campaign, Dublin residents can now return a Stillgarden glass bottle with a stopper to the distillery shop and get €2 off their next purchase. For those living further afield, you can return 10 empty Stillgarden drinks pouches to get 1 free 500ml Stillgarden pouch of drink by prepaid post or drop off at the distillery.

Ever on the lookout for ways to be innovative, Stillgarden has added a new 500ml glass-free drink pouch option to their Distillery shop and website to reduce their packaging footprint. The new flexible pouches reduce the overall shipping weight by 67.5% compared to glass bottles, resulting in less transport emissions.

Though durable, the new Stillgarden pouches weigh 42% less than the plastic stopper on the glass bottle, which means a lower volume of plastic waste than before. It’s also allowed Stillgarden to cut the packaging required to protect the product down to 0% when compared to glass bottles.

Upon request, Stillgarden will include a prepaid label to post pouches back for safe and efficient recycling locally at Thorntons material recycling facility. These waste materials can then be used to produce SRF solid recovered fuel, a replacement for fossil fuels in the production of cement.

The distillery has also partnered with neighbouring businesses such as Boom Coffee to use their coffee grounds to make their Spent-spresso Cocktail and gifted fruit used in the distillation process to their local community member, The Flourless Baker. Spent botanicals are also used to make tea bags or given to local farmers to feed their chickens.

The Stillgarden Distillery is powered by 100% renewable energy with motion activated power saving lighting systems in place and rainwater is harvested to use for cooling water in the distilling academy. In addition to this, Stillgarden uses second hand distillery and office equipment and packaging is repurposed where possible.

For more information on Stillgarden’s sustainability practices visit www.stillgardendistillery.com.

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