Green Alcoholic Beverages

At the heart of our mission of looking to the future while pursuing our passion for mead making, is an awareness of a duty to our environment, community as well as economic benefit throughout the value chain. Below is a brief summary how this is achieved.

Alvearium Gin

60%*

smaller ecological footprint of conventional gins

*sustainability factor given scientific research and the below information makes a strong argument for Alvearium being the most sustainable gin globally

Braggot

60%

smaller ecological footprint of conventional beers

Our Meads

95%

smaller ecological footprint of conventional wines

Bees

Bees play a crucial role in pollinating crops and natural habitats. However, they, along with many other insect species have been facing increasingly problematic challenges, such as – habitat loss, pesticides, and viruses. Amongst these stressors is the fact that mass monocultural farming has continued to rob the bees of their natural environments and diverse pollen supplies with the addition of widespread pesticides.

Supporting the rural honey trade in Zambia significantly reduces the expansion of harmful and environmental destructive agriculture practices. This is achieved through ensuring that honey remains an important commodity making it essential to protect the bees and their natural habitats. By providing a source of income and improving the livelihoods to rural Zambian communities the demands for agri-businesses are significantly reduced.

Honey

Our products are all made from Organic Zambian honey. Locally and ethically farmed in the vastly untouched Miombo woodlands, the hives are tended to and harvested by farmers in small rural communities. These farmers employ traditional beekeeping practices, that stem from technical beekeeping knowledge passed down through generations.

…and the Community

Supporting local honey farmers improves the livelihoods of thousands of Zambians. Preserving the natural forests and woodlands for the beehives to flourish is essential for fruitful harvests. This incentivises sustainable forest management across sectors, such as the involvement of local communities and organisations that are educating and mobilising action on the ground.  More importantly,  beekeeping reduce conflict in sensitive reserve buffer zones, while reducing the trend of urbanization through economic empowerment.

Our Ecological-Impact

Water

Our primary ingredient is of course – honey, a wonderfully versatile and natural resource that requires little to no artificial environmental manipulation. The honeybees collect their water from the rainfall in their surroundings meaning there is no irrigation or additional water required in beekeeping. Compare this to other alcoholic beverages that are grain, vine or cane based, which require thousands of litres of water for irrigation even before the product is processed and bottled.

Our water use at the Meadery is done under highly controlled conditions and only used for sterilisation, cleaning, and during fermentation. This also allows us to accurately measure and monitor our water usage. Production at the Meadery consists of small-batch fermentation and operates year-round. We have small inventories and do not require huge storage warehouses meaning our energy needs are significantly low.

Energy & Fuel Usage

Using honey to make mead and subsequently gin, also have significant benefits with reduced fuel consumption, as there is no need to prepare agriculture land for crops, as well as subsequent fertilizer and pesticide applications, where tractors etc consume massive amounts of fossil fuels.

On top of this, honey can be used for alcohol production in its raw form, unlike grains and sugar cane that requires energy to process plant matter in large processing facilities to simple sugars required by yeast prior to fermentation.

Packaging

Despite all of the above, there is still much more that can be done to ensure that our product gets closer to a carbon neutral status, as well as creating a more meaningful community and economical impact. One of the highlights in our internal strategy is that of unique environmental friendly packaging solution. Specifically reducing the need to transport glass bottles throughout the corners of Africa.

We have come up with a complete solution for this already, and is in the final stages of branding, and will be launching in the first quarter of 2023. This “packaging solution ” will translate to serious costs reductions for final consumers.