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Cape Byron Distillery, home of Australia’s beloved Brookie’s Byron Gin, has joined B Corp, a global movement of community-focused businesses and organisations certified to have sustainable and ethical business practices. 

If your friends were previously sceptical when you suggested a healthy outdoor walk at a distillery, now’s the time to revisit the tour and see the rainforest regeneration, nesting boxes and other sustainable practices that have earned this company its stripes.

‘It is in our company DNA and at the very core of everything we do here, to support our community, the environment, and our people. We see business as a force for good,’ said founder Eddie Brook. 

B Corp is one of the most demanding certifications that evaluates a brands’ ethics, with a criteria of over 350 benchmarks concerning operations, employee treatment, community, and environmental impact. Cape Byron Distillery is one of only two spirit distillers in Australia to achieve the distinction. 

Cape Byron Distillery achieved B Corp Certification by exceeding B Corp Standards, not only in reforestation efforts, but across five categories of the B Impact Assessment: Community, Customers, Environment, Workers, and Governance. Some of the highlighting factors attributed to the success of the certification include an on-farm closed-loop distillation process where whisky wash and botanicals are mixed with mulch to create a nutrient- dense soil conditioner that is reused on the Davidson plum orchard, diverting waste from landfill by utilising black soldier flies to consume organic waste, and implementing various waste diversion streams and energy monitoring systems. Another milestone for the Distillery was a 30 per cent decrease in landfill waste over the period of January 2019 to December 2021, from an average of 3.3kg per 100 bottles down to 2.1kg. 

See for yourself and sample a great range of different products. 


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