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Minimising our footprint on the earth is a core focus for our business, as is caring for our community more broadly.
Through sustainability measures, we’re consistently striving to reduce, reuse and recycle and explore innovative practises that reimagine the ecology of brewing.
While we are dedicated to improving all our systems, our three key sustainability areas are: waste, energy & water.
One of our partners - Murwillumbah-based business, Coastal Feeds - started out composting our organic brewing waste as a trial on the vacant block beside our Murwillumbah brewery. Today, they’re an entire composting and waste management business that we rely on to distribute our spent grain and organic brewing waste to local farms for both cattle feed and composting.
To help this vision, become a reality, Stone & Wood commits to support sustainable agriculture in Australia.
We pledge to scale our use of Certified Sustainable malt and bring this ingredient into the mainstream. While doing so, we commit to working with local farmers, expanding the demand for regenerative agriculture in Australia.
We also aim to shine a light on the issue of global soil degradation and the impact this is having on the community and the environment. It is our intention to be a part of the solution. The part that has great beer.
It’s this same sense of grassroots connection to people and place that continues to inspire us as a business and is the heart and soul of our venues.
We strive to build community connections by collaborating with like-minded businesses and organisations in our region by establishing local supplier partnerships and offering our brewery space to local charities, fundraising initiatives, and community events.
Through our Karma Keg program, we provide local venues and events with free kegs of beer to help fundraise money for grassroots charities and organisations.
In our own taprooms, we donate $1 from every litre of beer sold to a local community cause every month. This means that every visitor to a Stone & Wood taproom inherently becomes a part of our community story, just by buying a beer.
Our B Corp Certification is one of the many ways that we hold ourselves to account. As a member of the B Corp movement, we have made a formal and legal commitment to consider the impact of our decisions on our stakeholders which includes employees, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment.
We were thrilled to be the first brewery in Australia certified as B Corp back in 2016, but achieving accreditation doesn’t mean we get to rest on our laurels, we are committed to continuing to improve. You can stay up to date with our B Impact score at bcorporation.net
This has been achieved through our waste management practises that include sorting our waste into 13 recycling streams so that plastic malt bags, can bottles, and other materials are bypassing the commingled system to be directly recycled (single stream).
In the traditional energy space, we’re conscious of our efficiencies. We’re not perfect, but we’re trying every year to get better.
At our Murwillumbah brewery, we re-use treated wastewater with a UFRO system (Ultra-Filtration Reverse Osmosis system) which gets repurposed for utilities and cleaning, we also capture water from our bottle rinse and pipe it through our refrigeration system and re-use cleaning chemicals recovered through a CIP system.
As part of our EPA licence conditions, our Pollution Incident Response Management Plan can be found here
The inGrained Foundation is a national non-profit that
was established by Stone & Wood in 2018 as an extension of their community program. It supports grassroots, environmental and social charities in the local areas where we work and live. By fostering long term partnerships and responding to urgent situations of need, it aims to create sustained positive change by directing funds to support our community where and when it’s needed most.
Stone & Wood continues to support the Ingrained Foundation by donating $1 per 100L of beer sold and many of the team volunteer by being a part of the grants committee and supporting the daily operations.
The foundation’s impact on our communities is something that is a source of pride for our team and its continued evolution is something we look forward to continuing to support.