Rarotonga Brewery bar manager Renasha Nee Nee serves a cold one. 19052407
Rarotonga Brewery recently celebrated a major milestone in the company’s history. By choosing not to bottle their popular Cook Islands Lager, the company has helped to stop over one million glass bottles from entering the landfill.
“That’s enough bottles to go around Rarotonga seven times, or the equivalent to 12 full 20 foot shipping containers,” says Rarotonga Brewery bar manager Renasha Nee Nee.
The company was launched in October of 2016 with a vision of practicing various eco-friendly initiatives. The aim of this was to reduce the amount of waste going into the landfill. They credit the achievement to not only their initiatives, but also the work of their distributors and customers.
“Refilling your stainless steel flagons, drinking beer on tap from our distributors, reusing and recycling your PET bottles, and saying no to plastic bags, are all small changes you have made to the way you drink your beer, but are creating huge changes for our environment”, says Nee Nee.
For every two-litre flagon refill, six bottles are saved from entering the landfill. Every four-litre refill saves twelve bottles, and every 50 litre keg saves 150 bottles from entering the landfill. The brewery has also discontinued the use of plastic bags and requested their suppliers to stop sending merchandise wrapped in plastic, identifying these as more ways to reduce harm to the environment.
Nee Nee is excited that other local businesses are also adopting environmentally friendly initiatives, such as Prime Foods choosing to wrap their produce in banana leaves, as opposed to plastic. She hopes the brewery’s achievement highlights the amount of waste Rarotonga produces and how making a small change to the way we do things can have a huge impact on our environment.
“We challenge all local businesses to review their processes and see where they can make a change to help save our environment.”
“Once again, we would like to thank all of our distributors and customers for their help in achieving this amazing milestone. We could not have done it without you.”