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B Corp Month: Best B Corp Drink Companies in the UK

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From smoothies and coffee to gin and beer, B Corp businesses are stealing the show when it comes to making drinks that are both high quality and eco-conscious. Be good to your body and the planet with these B Corp drink brands.

British B Corp Businesses That Are Changing The World

The Best B Corp Drink Companies in the UK

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Two Drifters Carbon Negative Rum

Two Drifters

A husband and wife team, Gemma and Russ Wakeham based in Devon are the supremely talented makers of this carbon negative rum. Russ has an academic career all around carbon-capturing and this knowledge is dripped into the meticulous craft of their rum in the distillery (which you can visit).

Our Pick: Signature Rum, £40, twodriftersrum.com

Bottle of gin and glass outside on moss bank with woodland and lake in background

The Botanist

As the only whisky and gin distillery in Europe to meet B Corp’s requirements, it’s safe to say The Botanist has worked hard to achieve its newfound B Corp status. Attentive to its staff community, the brand offers Living Wage employment, a five to ten per cent bonus scheme for all, annual cost of living adjustments, private healthcare, life assurance provisions and 34 days paid annual leave as standard. If that wasn’t impressive enough, The Botanist also supports research in environmental fields and conservation through The Botanist Foundation, set up in 2016, which funds PHD students investigating ways to help Scotland’s juniper population. The brand has also partnered with Botanic Gardens Conservation International over a four-year long project.

Learn about The Botanist here

Our Pick: The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, from £11.65, thebotanist.com

Days Pale Ale

Days Brewing

Newly B Corp certified zero-alcohol brand Days Brewing is committed to use its business to do good. Ingredients are locally sourced – raised and sustainably brewed in Scotland – with water coming from the Lammermuir Hills nearby. Additionally, the brand is committed to giving two per cent of all sales to organisations that empower fresh thinking towards mental health. Duncan Keith, co-founder of Days Brewing, commented: ‘When we founded the business in 2020 we always said our goal was to become B-Corp certified and establish ourselves as a business that considers a triple bottom line – which means people, planet and profit… For us, beer has always been about bringing people together and we are delighted that our work to date has been recognised and we are an official B Corp business.’

Learn about Days Brewing here

Our Pick: Days Pale Ale, £25, daysbrewing.com

Freestar Beer Box

Freestar

This non-alcoholic beer brand boasts a process that emits 90% less CO2, uses 80% less energy and water, and produces 70% less waste than the industry average. Freestar regularly posts its B Corp scores on its website as well, ensuring that it remains transparent when it comes to its relationship with the environment.

Learn about Freestar here

Our Pick: Freestar Beer (pack of three bottles), £9.45, freestar.co

Dash Water

Dash Water

From serving ‘COPtails’ at COP26 in Glasgow to being on track to save 2,500 tonnes of food waste by 2025, Dash Water is something of a tour de force in the drinks industry. Their basic business premise? Gather wonky fruit and vegetables that don’t meet the perfectionistic supermarket regulations, add a bit of British fizzy water, and you have a soft drink that you can feel good about buying.

B Corp Series: Jack Scott & Alex Wright Founders of Dash Water

Learn about Dash Water here

Our Pick: Raspberry Glass, £16.99, dash-water.com

B Corp Drink - Brewgooder

Brewgooder

Brewgooder was founded on the belief that the beer we enjoy together can be a force for good. The brand was given its B Corp status back in 2018, making it the second ever UK based brewery to be accredited. Brewgooder’s goal is to make beer-brewing a more ethical and eco-conscious industry, and so far they have been successful. Working by the philosophy that every single one of its beers has been ‘Brewed on Purpose’, the brand make sure that what they produce will avoid going to waste. Brewgooder also uses its profits to help fund global projects that give communities access to clean water, an initiative that saw the brand shortlisted for the B Corp award Best For The World: Community.

Brewgooder’s Sustainability Pledge

Our Pick: Brewgooder Session IPA, £20 for 12 cans. brewgooder.com

B Corp Drink - Hattiers Rum

Hattiers Rum

Taking on the title of Britain’s first B Corp rum company (and only the second in the world), Hattiers Rum has been setting a standard for sustainable practice since its beginnings in 2017. Hattiers Rum has been plastic free since day one, partnering with Flexi-Hex to provide simple and sustainable packaging, and has refused to farm production outside the UK to cut down on carbon emissions. Its next goal is to be Net Zero Carbon by the end of 2021.

Hattiers Rum’s Sustainability Pledge

Our Pick: Hattiers Resolute Navy Strength Rum, £56. hattiers.com

Coaltown Coffee

Coaltown Coffee Roasters

Coaltown’s ethos is to create delicious coffee and do good along the way. With the belief that people and planet are just as – if not more – important than profit, the brand focuses on ethical sourcing and sustainable production to ensure that they work responsibly. Not only do Coaltown use compostable coffee bags made by Biotre and exclusively use compostable coffee cups in all sites (made by fellow B Corp, Decent Packaging), the brand also makes sure that all waste coffee grounds are donated to local gardening groups for composting.

Coaltown Coffee’s Sustainability Pledge

Our Pick: Coaltown Ruarai AA coffee beans 227g, £14.50. coaltowncoffee.co.uk

Equinox Kombucha

The UK’s favourite booch brand has always believed that its business should stand for more than just making money. Equinox Kombucha is a certified Organic Soil Association product, meaning that soil preservation and organic farming lie at the heart of production. Promoting a healthier ‘back to basics’ style of living, the brand supports more farmland wildlife than non-organic farming and highlights the benefits of organic produce – both for us and the environment.

Equinox Kombucha’s Sustainability Pledge

Our Pick: Equinox Peach and Turmeric Kombucha, £36 for 20 bottles. equinoxkombucha.com

Sipsmith

Sipsmith

London-based gin brand Sipsmith has always wanted to champion a better way of crafting gin, and in doing so has pioneered positive change within the industry. Sompsmith’s sustainability strategy covers five missions the brand want to achieve by 2030, including responsible sourcing of raw materials, doing better than net zero across its value chain, and working on resource circularity.

Simpsmith’s Sustainability Pledge

Our Pick: Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin, £29. sipsmith.com

innocent

innocent

We’ve been seeing innocent drinks in our supermarkets, on our screens, and in our fridges since 1999. It’s not really a surprise then that our favourite smoothie brand is one of the greenest out there. The brand has built a team of B Keepers to keep up their sustainability goals, which include going completely carbon neutral by 2030 (if not before), championing sustainable farming, and creating a circular economy for its packaging.

innocent’s Sustainability Pledge

Our Pick: innocent Blueberries, Peaches & Apples Smoothie, £2.99. ocado.com

Featured image: The Botanist

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