For us environmental responsibility is a hundred small decisions every day. This is a huge focus for Sawmill. We have achieved a lot and have massive ambitions. Our goal is to have a positive impact on our environment and bring all the creativity and innovation Sawmill is known for to this task.
We are New Zealand first B Corp™ certified Brewery. This means we have a positive impact on our team, community and environment. B Corps™ lead the growing global movement of people using business as a force for good. There are over 2500 B Corp™ certified businesses globally, including All Birds, Stone & Wood Brewery, New Belgium Brewing and People’s Coffee.
In 2018 we installed 54 Solar panels on our roof to meet the bulk of our daytime energy needs. By working with Plasback, who collect all the incoming plastic shrink wrap, we have reduced our waste to landfill by over 85%. The spent grain goes to local farms, is made into crackers for our menu and some is processed into flour for bread making. The kitchen waste is composted on-site.
We collect over a million litres of water a year from our roof and all our grey-water is used on the farm as irrigation. We avoid the use of PVPP (microplastics) in fining our beer. Grain silos outside the building replace the use of over 12,000 plastic sacks of grain annually.
More information about B-Corp at bcorporation.net