During my not so long-ago years as a student, I became an expert at improvising cocktails. No strawberries in the house? Use mango. No mint leaves? Take basil. The results were – sometimes more, sometimes less – delicious, but those years taught me one thing: Who dares, wins. Today, this sort of experimentation is becoming increasingly important.

During the last years, sustainability in the drinking sector has gradually taken on a much bigger role than it used to before. I mean, just think of CanO Water! While beverage companies are doing their bit, we can all change our drinking habits as well and join the journey towards a more sustainable drinking culture. And it’s so easy to do! Protecting our climate, drinking and still enjoying ourselves only requires minor changes in our habits and can have a great impact.

I collected some very useful tips for shopping and consuming drinks for you, all under the sign of sustainability. You’re keen on becoming an eco-friendly drinker now? Then go ahead and check out my 5 tips.

1. Rely on Eco-Friendly Manufactured Drinks

Maybe you have to do a little extra research before you can open your next can of beer or any other of your favourite drinks But it’s worth the (once-only) effort. There is an increasing number of distilleries with a focus on sustainability that are finding ways to reduce the amount of natural resources used in the distilling process. As a result, sustainable wine, for instance, is becoming more and more popular on the drinks list in restaurants.

For the lazy readers among you, we’re even saving you the effort of research. Thank us later! 😉 Here’s a list of eco-friendly drink manufacturers.

2. Choose Canned Ingredients

If you are planning to create some fancy cocktails or home-made juices for an upcoming party, why not use canned ingredients? Canned fruits, for instance, are equally and sometimes even more nutritious than their fresh counterparts. The energy consumption caused by importing fruits can be reduced considerably if we draw on canned goods. Also, cans are an improvisation bartender’s best friend. Whenever I’m running out of fresh anything, there is a canned emergency supply in my stall ready to spice up my punch. And what’s best, after a party, I end up with lots of empty cans that won’t ever go unused in my household (click here for some DIY inspiration). And if they go unused for whatever reason, they are so easy to recycle and find their way back into the material loop.  

3. Avoid Plastic Straws and Other Ecologically Harmful Decoration

If you fancy sipping your drinks through a straw I recommend using reusable metal straws instead of the ordinary plastic ones. You’re not only reducing plastic pollution of the oceans by switching to metal, but you’re also saving your own money. Even the EU has decided to ban plastic straws by 2021, so why not start now? Once bought, metal straws will outlast an eternity. Also, there is no need to use napkins as a coaster, since there is a large range of nice reusable drip mats available. Or how about making your own individual coasters out of crown corks? Check out our DIY for a step-by-step instruction:

Are you always having blurs and drops from glasses or bottles on your table? We have a great solution to prevent that: These cute bottle cap coasters! If you want to know how to do it, take a look at our video. 😉👇

Gepostet von Cans for Life am Mittwoch, 19. September 2018

4. Choose Sustainable Packaging

Despite a few advantages of other packaging materials, cans are much more efficient to transport and also easier to recycle. If you’ve paid attention to some of our older blog articles, it might have gotten through to you that cans are the absolute recycling champions. The material is basically indestructible and can be recycled endlessly and reused for the production of cars, planes or watering pots. The Neverending Story of the Can is a fairytale worth a read.

5. Stock Your Bar with Locally Produced Booze

Buying locally is the better alternative to imports in most cases. The transportation of heavy liquor bottles requires a lot of energy and causes unnecessary emissions. So, buying your favourite drinks from local breweries, wineries and distilleries contributes not only the local economy, but has a direct influence on the reduction of carbon dioxide emission.

You got any other tips for my future career as an eco-friendly drinker? I’d love to read them in the comment section below!

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