Stone & Wood has made a commitment to the future of regenerative agriculture in Australia by forming a partnership with Certified Sustainable and Voyager Craft Malt to produce beers that are better for the earth.
The B Corp brewers currently employ the use of Certified Sustainable ingredients in its limited-release beers, including the Counter Culture brand and winter seasonal Stone Beer, but has pledged to increase its use this year to include its core range beers.
Stone & Wood Impact Leader Jahdon Quinlan said: “To us this pledge marks an important milestone and the start of our journey in contributing and leading the growing movement towards regeneration.
“We are always looking at innovative ways to reduce our footprint and reimagine the ecology of brewing and this commitment is a step in the right direction to help create positive change on a broader level with our suppliers, customers, and the environment.”
Stone & Wood’s commitment will also see the brewer supporting Australian farms who are dedicated to maintaining the integrity of the soil’s micro-biome, promoting biodiversity, sequestering carbon and enhancing resilience. Accredited Certified Sustainable farmers are also custodians of best water practices, reduce reliance on artificial and synthetic fertilisers and pesticides, and strive to produce nutrient-dense crops.
Certified Sustainable’s Miriam Neilsen said: “We are incredibly proud to have Stone & Wood lead the way and join our Certified Sustainable community. In addition to a commitment to purchase Certified Sustainable ingredients, Stone & Wood has successfully completed their audit which also verified compliance with implementing environmental, social and governance initiatives through the Stone & Wood value chain.
“This sets an important example to food and beverage producers, that you can make a real difference to planet health by choosing sustainably grown ingredients. Supporting farmers who have verification of lowering synthetic fertilisers and greenhouse gas emissions, whilst regenerating soil health and the ecosystem around them.”
Stone & Wood’s Proposed Environmental Action Commitment Statement states: “Stone & Wood believes in a sustainable future, where the ingredients we use also replenish the earth, regenerate our soil and contribute to a thriving planet. In order to help this vision become a reality, Stone & Wood commits to support regenerative agriculture in Australia.
“We pledge to scale our use of regenerative ingredients and bring these ingredients into the mainstream. While doing so, we commit to supporting local farmers, expanding the demand for regenerative ingredients 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 also has great beer.”