Exeter-based Powderkeg Beer is launching an eye-catching environmental initiative called Green Friday this November.
The multi-award-winning brewery has been making great strides in its sustainability journey over the last few years. It has adopted fully recyclable packaging, invested in hybrid vehicles, reduced waste, and re-used process items.
“As a small independent business, much of our trade is done in the local area and it’s so important to us that we put as much back into the place where we live as we can,” said co-founder Jess Magill.
“The big challenges with the environment are well publicised. If we can all do a bit on our own patch, hopefully that adds up to a solution for the bigger issues. The frenzied consumption of Black Friday has never sat well with us, so this year we wanted to see if we can use the platform to make a positive impact on our local environment.”
Jess added: “But the problems aren’t so simple. It’s going to take more than planting trees to reverse the negative impact we’ve had on the landscape and biodiversity over the last century.
“The Devon Environment Foundation has an amazing advisory board of world-class experts who can really help us funnel the funding into the projects that are going to have the most impact.”
The Devon Environment Foundation has an ambition to protect and restore at least 30% of Devon’s land and water by 2030. This will be achieved by supporting grassroots projects that regenerate nature, especially those that can be replicated and scaled across the county.
“Initiatives like Green Friday really help by raising funds and drawing attention to the vital work that is being done in our local area to protect and regenerate the environment,” said Amanda Keetley, executive director of the foundation.
“This all plays a part in flood prevention, carbon sequestration, reducing drought impact, and generally lessening the impacts of climate change,”
Rather than offer discounts to Powderkeg’s website customers, Green Friday effectively makes a charity donation on their behalf so they can feel good about buying their beer, rather than the frenzy of consumerism encouraged by Black Friday, which doesn’t sit well with many people.
Powderkeg is encouraging other businesses to join it in the initiative, and it is hoped that, in coming years, Green Friday can make a huge difference to funding and awareness for environmental projects.