Sustainable Business Spotlight: Stone & Wood

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been focusing on the importance of sustainability for both the profitability and the longevity of a business, as well as shining a spotlight on Australian businesses who are putting sustainability at the forefront of their practices.

One element of sustainability that has become increasingly important in recent years is environmental sustainability. Byron Bay’s Stone & Wood brewery are committed to taking care of the earth and have implemented a number of sustainable practice to help reduce their eco-footprint.

We take a look at a Byron Bay craft brewery that’s putting environmental sustainability at the core of its practice: Stone & Wood.

Making beer tends to be a resource heavy process. Breweries use large amounts of water and electricity throughout the brewing process. They also produce large amounts of waste from spent grains, and often have significant carbon emissions.

Thankfully, some brewers, like Young Henrys and Stone & Wood, recognise how much they depend upon the earth for the production of good beer. Stone & Wood have put environmental sustainability at the core of their ethos with their ‘Green Feet‘ program, a commitment to protecting “the only planet with beer“.

Stone & Wood’s ‘Green Feet’ program encompasses all inputs and outputs to their breweries, as well as the business’ place in the community as a whole. They are minimising their footprint on the Earth through reimagining the ecology of brewing, as well as following the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ motto.

The sustainability best practices of their breweries focus on water, energy, and waste reduction, through water re-use, more efficient energy systems, and innovative waste management programs.

According to Business Insider, the Sustainability Manager of Stone & Wood Brewing Co, James Perrin, said that “everything from boiler and refrigeration upgrades, which have drastically reduced our energy usage, installing the biggest solar system we could on our roof [and] implementing reusable cups at events.”

Offsite, Stone & Wood are continually improving their impact on the environment through collective actions within the community. From reusable cup programs at events, to working with suppliers to ensure packaging is recycled, they have increasingly made progress in not only reducing their footprint, but also in helping improve the practices of other businesses in the surrounding community.

Find out more about Stone & Wood and their ‘Green Feet’ program here.

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