Borderlands Brewing Company

Borderlands Brewing Company

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How does the company you are nominating exemplify the concept of “reducing”?

Instead of distilling water as many breweries do, Borderlands’ craft beers work very well with local water, which in turn reduces a tremendous amount of water waste and energy. Local beer is enjoyed fresh, reducing the fuel expended. They reduce their chemical impact on our water table by using cleaning chemicals that are safe and non-toxic. They also limit their energy consumption, especially on fossil fuels. They supplement our power with TEP’s Bright Community Solar program. They also optimize their distribution routes to limit the energy needed for beer distribution.

How does the company you are nominating exemplify the concept of “reusing”?

Borderlands provides their spent grain as free compost for the community to reuse and return nutrients to the soil and to divert it from the landfill.

What is this company’s recycling policy and practice?

Borderlands strives to “recycle” water whenever possible and appropriate, such as grey water use to reduce their landscape water needs. They also have recycled the old tradition of traditional craft beers. From the beginning, Borderlands Brewing Company incorporated local ingredients into its beers, and followed techniques that were introduced to the region by German settlers in the 1800s. Their recipes are inspired by the community around them, and are well suited to be enjoyed during 110° desert afternoons.

Borderlands uses Tucson Environmental Services for recycling (except for spent grain which goes to ReZonation Farms in Marana).  Luckily the employees don’t have to do much to participate since Borderlands doesn’t really generate much waste from the draft beer. But they recycle the coke and sprite bottles in a bin behind the bar.

How is this company engaging and informing consumers and employees about the 3 “Rs” and other sustainable practices?

Borderlands believes that in the desert, water is precious and so they are active members Conserve 2 Enhance. C2E helps residents and businesses to conserve water, to track and donate the value of thier water savings to provide funding for community-led grants to restore our urban waterways and habitat. Borderlands encourages others to join C2E at fundraising events at Borderlands to help everyone find further motivation to help keep our beautiful desert environment pristine.

What else would you like us to know about this company?

Borderlands Brewing company believes in sustainable brewing and have a beautiful natural environment to enjoy in their outdoor space. They support local musicians with live shows regularly. Using local water, undistilled, means the beer is deliciously Southwest.