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Mermaid Gin maker certified as a Net Zero business

The Isle of Wight Distillery - maker of Mermaid Gin - has achieved its goal of becoming a Net Zero brand one year after going plastic-free.

Certified as Net Zero by sustainability firm Good Business, the distillery is off-setting its carbon emissions through the support of two carbon-positive projects.

The first is working with the Ocean Foundation on its extensive seagrass-growing project in the Jobos Bay Reserve in Puerto Rico, which is helping to preserve biodiversity and improve water quality for local people. The second is With One Seed, a community forestry social enterprise in East Timor that works to replant forests as well as aiming to fight poverty in the region.

Xavier Baker, co-founder and distiller at the Isle of Wight Distillery, said: "We've always been passionate about protecting both our island and the planet, so Net Zero is just another stage in our sustainability journey. We have ambitious goals and are going to be announcing more initiatives that will give us even greater momentum in this crucial area."

The Mermaid Gin range and Mermaid Salt Vodka come in plastic-free, 100-per-cent recyclable bottles; the seal is plant-based and biodegradable and the stopper is made from sustainably sourced cork and wood. 

23 November 2020 - Bethany Whymark