Happy Earth Day! The first Earth Day was over four decades ago and it's still going strong.
In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.
A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator from Wisconsin Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970.
Here at Ascendant Spirits we try to support the environmental movement be engaging in best practices in the distilling industry. Distilling is a water intensive process and we work to limit our water use by recapturing our hot steam heated water to use in cleaning.
We also prioritize green sourcing of materials. When possible we use organic, non-GMO, pesticide free fruit - caviar limes and strawberries - from local farmers. We don't use artificial additives, fake colors or preservatives in our spirits.
We promote recycling at the distillery and unlike many of our competitors, who dump their spent grain in the landfill, we give ours to a local farmer to feed their pigs.
We're in the process of converting the fork lift to run off our waste alcohol, and we are switching to biodegradable corn based tasting cups.
We always welcome suggestions for improvement.