Two Trees Distilling Co.
Deliver on-trend barrel-aged taste profiles through natural, rapid, sustainable maturation that provides unmatched consistency, agility and speed-to-market for brands across alcohol categories
Modern Maturation. Sustainable Spirits.
FACTS: Consumers are increasingly buying products from eco-cognizant companies. 81% of global respondents to a Nielsen survey feel companies should help improve the environment.
What Does Sustainably Matured Mean?
Excess CO2 in the atmosphere contributes to climate change and global warming. Therefore, companies are taking major steps forward as ambassadors for positive change. It is our role as a part of the industry’s eco-system to provide solutions that address global concerns and crisis.
Currently the supply for oak barrels used for traditional aging of alcohol products cannot sustainably meet the demand. In fact, only one to three barrels are produced from a single tree. Generally speaking, this means for every 200 barrels the cost is 100 trees that have aged and contributed to CO2 reduction for over 70 years. This puts a strain on our forests which absorb CO2 and help combat global warming. We decrease the industry’s wood dependency by 90% through our rapid maturation process that utilizes only 10% of the wood that is required in traditional barrel-aging. Our process utilizes stainless steel tanks that are reused time and time again.
“It is not just what you drink, it is what you do.”- Chad Slagle, CEO
Two Trees is an advocate for sustainability and we encourage brewers, distillers, wine makers, retailers and consumers to make environmentally conscious choices. Our methods of sustainably maturing beer, wine and spirits use only a fraction of the wood that is required from traditional barrel aging. We have integrated measures to reduce our carbon footprint. By reducing the amount of wood required from traditional barrel- aging, we know we can make a positive impact. In fact, we can produce the equivalent of 50 barrels or 2,650 gallons of aged product with just two trees when traditional barrel-aging would require 25 trees to do the same. Additionally, our process results in products reaching peak maturation levels in a record time, going from years to just 24 hours with less risk, better control and no surprises. In doing so we reduce carbon emissions and what is known as angel’s share which occurs when ethanol vapors escape. Through evaporation, those vapors combine with moisture in the air and fall
back to earth- creating dirty, black, sticky spores which create whiskey fungus- also known as Baudoinia Compniacensis. That becomes a nuisance and eye sore for the communities. Our process eliminates angel’s share which not only provides a solution to the problem but also results in a greater yield for production.
(The WHY) Sustainability
“Future changes to our climate and how they affect us depend on the choices we make today- Our Climate is Our Future” IPCC
Sustainability for Life as we Know It
Sustainability is not just environmental sustainability, it is sustainability for life as we know it. Climate change leads to more extreme weather events, increasing in both intensity and frequency, across the globe including devastating wildfires, heatwaves, hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding. All of those events take a toll on human life and our economies impacting disaster relief and recovery as well as supply chain disruptions which are not limited to crops and food production. Agricultural impact from massive droughts and flooding is a major concern for food supply as well as exacerbated problems from water depletion that affect our lives and energy supply.
Addressing the Major Culprit to Act Fast
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contribute to global warming which causes shifts in our weather and thus environments. The carbon dioxide (CO2) that humans release is the leading (GHG) causing climate change. It is the most common GHG emission but not the only GHG contributing to global warming. This is problematic as it sets off a chain of events affecting climates which ultimately can lead to dire circumstances. The first is melting ice sheets which causes rising sea levels and weaker circulation The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) – which is at its weakest point in 1,000 years. As a part of the Gulf Stream the AMOC helps maintain the energy balance in the Atlantic Ocean. This current moves warm surface water from the tropics and distributes it to the north Atlantic. The colder, saltier water sinks and then flows south.
As a result of melting ice sheets and heavy rain, the water in the north Atlantic Ocean is becoming less salty, which makes it lighter and less likely to sink. If the water in the north Atlantic becomes too light, the entire circulation could be disrupted. Global weather patterns are critically linked to the circulation and its transport of heat and nutrients around the world. A collapse of this system would result in abrupt and significant changes, including fast rising sea levels, more extreme winters in Western Europe and disruptions to monsoon systems in the tropics and permanent drought conditions in some areas. It could also have a cascading effect and destabilize other components of the Earth’s climate system, including the Antarctic ice sheet and the Amazon rainforest. It is reported that the AMOC has been destabilized and is “moving toward its critical threshold, at which it could abruptly collapse.
Additionally, as temperatures have risen nearly 11 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, permafrost beneath the Arctic Ocean has been slowly thawing releasing 140 million tons of carbon dioxide and 5.3 million tons of methane (another GHG) into the atmosphere each year —which is roughly equal to the yearly emissions of Spain.
We stand with over 400 companies, including Microsoft, Unilever, Facebook, Ford, Nestlé and Pepsi, in committing to reduce carbon emissions consistent with the United Nations’ 1.5C target, which scientists have determined is the threshold of dangerous climate change.
Companies and brands across the globe are looking for eco-friendly production initiatives in order to reduce each brand’s environmental impact, and reducing total enterprise emissions.
(The How) We aren’t Talking Goals, We’re Taking Action.
Two Trees applies best practices in sustainability and innovation across its entire operation and extends its positive impact across the beer, wine and spirits industries. As a supplier to major distillers, craft brewers and wineries, we can help each company and their brands achieve sustainability goals by integrating our proprietary maturation methods. Two Trees looks to encourage sustainable production and maturation of beer, wine and spirits as a responsible, partner within a full eco-system of suppliers and efforts.
Modern Maturation. Sustainable Spirits.
Two Trees Solves Part of the Equation
There are actual equations that companies use to determine their carbon footprint. Equations set forth in the beverage industry came as a result of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER). BIER is a technical coalition of leading global beverage companies working together to advance sustainability within the beverage sector. Every part of a product’s lifecycle is a factor in calculating total GHG emissions including distillation, warehousing, bottling and transportation. Research within the spirits sector concluded that in a life cycle analysis (LCA) a single 750ml bottle produces more than 6LBs of carbon dioxide (CO2) which is the equivalent of driving 7 miles in a passenger vehicle.
We can help companies reduce their carbon footprint in specific areas of the total equation. Particularly in the beverage production, maturation and warehouse stages.
Wine, Beer and Spirits companies that use traditional barrel aging techniques can reduce their CO2 emissions through our proprietary rapid maturation process. This means when calculating the GHG emissions, the years (N) of each product stored in the warehouse is drastically reduced. In some cases, moving from a multiplier of 15 years to just a fraction of a year. Without the need for rickhouses and rackhouses, not only is the time reduced but also the percentage of space in warehousing is also reduced through our rapid-maturation process. Plus, our process provides the added benefit of not needing to be climate controlled which requires less energy and that means less emissions. Less energy in your warehouses will further reduce your total footprint.
We have eliminated angel's share in production and storage.
Aging loss (AL) is also a factor in equating total GHG emissions. In the typical barrel-aging process, ethanol is lost to evaporation (commonly referred to as the “angels’ share”). The average annual loss to evaporation for the product is applied as a loss factor contributing to the total GHG emissions of the product for every year the product sits in a warehouse. This is not only a problem for GHG emissions, but it also reduces product yield by up to 20% when the ethanol vapor evaporates, impacting profitability for the enterprise. Furthermore, angel's share often leads to Baudoinia compniacensis, also known as whiskey fungus. When the ethanol vapor combines with moisture in the air and falls back to earth it creates dirty black sticky spores that become a nuisance and eye sore for neighbors and businesses in our communities. Two Trees proudly provides a maturation process to avoid aging loss and angels’ share, significantly reducing carbon footprints of the brands we serve through our sustainable, rapid maturation process.
When a Negative is a Positive. Our Negative Feedback loop:
In climate change, a feedback loop is something that speeds up or slows down a warming trend. A negative feedback loop reduces the effect of change and helps maintain balance. A positive feedback loop increases the effect of the change and produces instability.
Our maturation process significantly minimizes the usage of wood vs. traditional barrel-aging. This creates a negative feedback loop by using less trees, less deforestation, which contributes to more carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption by our beloved trees.
Trees Reduce Climate Change
As trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) and release oxygen back into the air, this removes excess CO2 which contributes to climate change. By removing and storing the carbon this helps reduce overall carbon footprint when we save trees.
Trees Supply Oxygen and Clean Air
Trees have the power to make the air we breathe healthier. In a single year, an acre of mature trees can provide enough clean air and oxygen for 18 people. Trees are able to absorb odors and gases such as nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone while filtering particles by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
Trees Combat Global Warming by Keep Cities Cool
The decline of tree coverage and the rise in heat-absorbing roads and buildings has caused average temperatures in some cities to rise by 6°F in the last 50 years. Trees can cool a city by 10°F by providing shade to homes and streets and releasing water vapor into the air.
Trees Conserve Energy
With as few as three trees placed strategically around a home, summer air conditioning needs can be lowered by up to 50 percent. Trees such as Evergreens used in a planned pattern can be used as windbreaks saving between 10% and 50% of energy used for heating. With the reduced energy demand for heating and cooling a home, the carbon dioxide and other pollution emissions from power plants is reduced as well.
Trees prevent water pollution and soil erosion while saving water
The shade provided by trees slows down water evaporation. Trees are also able to prevent soil erosion by allowing rainfall waters to flow down their trunks and into the ground below rather than forcefully hitting the ground, which decreases the amount of soil that is washed away. When mulched, trees are able to filter the rainwater absorbing and filtering contaminants naturally and use it to recharge groundwater supplies while preventing pollution.
Consumers are increasingly buying products from eco-cognizant companies. 81% of global respondents to a Nielsen survey feel companies should help improve the environment.
Both consumers and brands are becoming increasingly conscious of what they purchase, source and procure as it pertains to the total impact their footprint has. This results in pivotal changes in production and marketing efforts to embrace sustainable practices and reduce carbon emissions throughout a company’s ecosystem of partners in each product’s lifespan. Here are additional ways Two Trees reduces its operational carbon footprint and contributes to communities in a responsible manner:
Reduced Waste: We recycle to reduce landfill emissions and source recycled glass. We also upcycle and minimize operational waste by finding uses for by-products such as our wood chips are repurposed for BBQ usage, the alcohol totes that we utilize are resold to other companies after they are emptied.
Responsible Packaging: We do not use single use plastic in our Two Trees portfolio of products.
Energy Reduction: Through energy efficiency combined with the use of renewable electricity we reduce our total carbon emissions. By creation of our own proprietary, cooling technology we reduce chilling time and electricity by 65%.
Free Sanitizer: During the pandemic, Two Trees produced and provided free sanitizer for our local community.
No Whiskey Fungus: Our process does not produce Angel’s Share, which results in happier neighbors and communities without black, sticky spores that become a nuisance.
SIDENOTE: ISO 14001 is the world’s most recognized framework for environmental management systems. Earning certification to this standard highlights a facility’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint. It also provides assurance to employees, customers and stakeholders that the company’s environmental impact is measured and continuously improved upon. The rigorous audit process addresses the elements of the ISO 14001 standard, assessing such issues as process effectiveness, internal communication practices and how aware employees are of environmental policies. ISO 14001 certification requires that a company have a culture of environmental responsibility, and a commitment to reducing its potential impact on the environment.
SIDENOTE: Consider smart labels/ QR code to sustainability video on packaging, ads and communication materials