This Is What A Zero-Waste Brewery Looks Like

mbg Sustainability Editor By Emma Loewe
mbg Sustainability Editor
Emma is the Sustainability Editor at mindbodygreen and the author of "The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care."

A new brewery is encouraging its customers to drink responsibly in more ways than one.

Rise & Win Brewery in Kamikatsu, Japan claims to be entirely zero-waste. It's made of recycled mill wood, and its interior features light fixtures made of old bottles hanging over used tables and chairs, reports Travel+Leisure. Thirty-four different recycling bins take the place of a conventional trash system, and the brewery's selection of ales, stouts and IPAs all come in bottles that can be returned and eventually reused.

According to the Rise & Win's website, its commitment to sustainability extends beyond the bar. The space also has a general store that sells unpackaged dried fruits, nuts and pastas by weight and invites shoppers to bring their own storage containers. Even the simple uniforms that employees wear are fashioned of recycled materials.

This eco-friendly hub is right at home in Kamikatsu — a community that prides itself on an impressive green portfolio. The tiny rural town of 2,000 of has no incinerators, no garbage trucks and 98% of its residents compost their organic waste.

Kudos to Kamikatsu for proving that living waste-free can look (and taste) great!

Photo courtesy of Rise & Win Facebook.

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