This earth day, fill your shaker with a spirit that’s making sustainability taste great––Koskenkorva Vodka.
Founded in the early 1940s in the village of Koskenkorva in Finland, the Vodka brand has evolved to be one of the most sustainable spirits on the market. The spirit itself is versatile and perfect straight and in cocktails of all types.
1. They practice (and teach) regenerative agriculture.
Regenerative agriculture uses a range of practices that improve sustainability and remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the soil. This is done through a range of processes but can include minimal or no tilling of the soil, use of cover crops, and the promotion of a more diverse ecosystem. If all of the farms in the world switched to regenerative agriculture, nearly 322 billion tons of CO2 (or as much as is globally emitted in 10 years) would be removed from the atmosphere.
2. They have an impressive 10-year sustainability plan.
The brand recognizes that in today’s world, it’s not enough to just be carbon neutral. By 2025 they will be Carbon Neutral (and not just by buying credits). By 2023 the brand will be sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. By 2025 they plan to decrease wastewater by 20%. Additionally, they’ve committed to increasing their circular thinking in all business decisions, preserving groundwater quality, and promoting more of their contract farmers to using carbon farming practices.
3. They use locally sourced barley.
Koskenkorva’s barley use is interesting for sustainability in a few ways. To start, almost all of their barley comes from farms within 120 miles of their distillery, allowing for less of an immediate carbon footprint due to supply acquisition. Additionally, barley is unique in that it enables a cleaner distillation process that requires less washing and water waste.
4. They’re aware and working on the carbon footprint of their packaging
As with most spirits, one of the most significant issues for sustainability is packaging and distribution. After all, these are two of the most challenging areas to skimp on. Packaging needs to be durable and aesthetically pleasing enough to attract customers, and unless you only sell to your immediate surroundings, you’ll need to transport. That said, Koskenkorva has put substantial work into making their packaging sustainable. Their current bottles are 25% lighter than previously, and more progress is in the works.
5. In 2018, they won Green Company Of the Year.
Even as a smaller brand, Koskenkorva caught the attention and praise of the highly respected The Drinks Business Green Awards, winning “Green Company of the Year” in 2018. From 2014 to 2018, the company had decreased their carbon dioxide emissions by 50% and have only made more progress since. With its investment in sustainability, Koskenkorva has made a clear commitment to doing what it takes to make a truly earth-friendly spirit.