It is no secret that several industries are trying to become cleaner, greener, and have a healthier impact and lower carbon footprint on our environment. This change has come after decades of public outcry regarding every imaginable issue from global warming to saving the dolphins. While, in the beginning, many companies chose to ignore the effects of their production, over time the facts have become undeniable and everyone is starting to take notice. A public shift to recycling has begun and many craft breweries and vineyards are taking the lead.
There are several changes taking place all over the world, from solar energy becoming more popular to sustainable farming practices and, of course, the slow lean towards organic food production. Many vineyards have always practiced organic production and recycling, as they’ve remained as close to traditional winemaking methods as possible over the centuries. However, some vineyards are taking this a few steps further by installing solar panels and removing the chemical usage from their farming methods. Instead of trying to treat the vines chemically to make them stronger, many are using homeopathic practices such as nettle tea treatments of the vines.
In the craft brewing industry, many brewers are starting to work together with farms to produce better, healthier, organic hops and barley. They are also selecting varieties of yeast that are more beneficial while producing the results they need as well. The efforts don’t stop there, though, as many have adopted green rooftops, solar energy, and recycling their own wastewater in order to lessen the strain on the already overworked water treatment facilities. By lowering their footprint on the environment, they are fighting to provide a cleaner source of groundwater and cleaner air for their communities.
As more industries begin to lean towards this movement they inspire even more to change. A lower carbon footprint is the goal of nearly every industry at this stage because industry leaders realize that our non-renewable resources will not last forever. With this realization comes the knowledge that, as the largest users of these resources, they have a responsibility upon them to do the best they can to reduce their consumption. Renewable energy, recycling, and clean production are becoming the norm because these industries see how heavy their footprint truly is and they are taking the time to research better ways to produce the products their customers want.
Other companies truly do care, as every year more companies turn to solar and wind energy and pour funds into researching ways to improve on those energy sources. Each company that practices better and safer production methods means one less company stomping their foot into the earth in a harmful way. Over time we expect this trend to spread worldwide and our environment will be able to breathe a sigh of relief.
From the breweries to the vineyards, on to the farms and back, we all hope to work together to achieve the goal of cleaning up our work for the sake of our communities. Here in West Palm Beach, we’ve already taken up the flag and begun to look into ways to make this happen. We hope to see you on your next trip to south Florida in 2017 after we open our doors. Come out and check out the ways our own community has already started to work together to make a cleaner home for our future generations!