Sustainability


Sustainability is very important to us, so we incorporate this into every decision to produce the most sustainable gin possible.


Packaging

We use a sustainably sourced label stock for every one of our labels. A minimum of 30% PCW (Post Consumer Waste) goes into every label which are also FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Chain of Custody certified and Green Seal certified.

We have phased in natural agglomerated cork stoppers with a wooden top instead of alternatives such as plastic tops and synthetic stoppers. Because these stoppers come into contact with our precious gin, we used highly trusted suppliers to ensure the product safety and quality is maintained while also protecting the planet.

We also use PET tamper-proof shrink sleeves which are a recyclable, more environmentally friendly option compared with traditional options such as PVC shrink sleeves.

Botanicals

We source as many botanicals as we can from New Zealand, to minimise food miles. It would be nice to make a 100% NZ Gin, but this is not possible due to our climate.

We also make the best use of these botanicals to minimise wastage. For example, we do one big, annual peel of lemons and oranges which are then freeze dried by a local company. This means that the citrus notes are as fresh as they were when they were picked, so we don’t dispose of any old citrus. When we first started, we would order a few more oranges and lemons to ensure we had enough to provide the peel that we required but this meant we often had wastage that didn’t sit well with us and needing changing, which we did!

Water

Humdinger NZ Pure Gin Water


Electricity

We proudly use an electricity supplier which focuses on renewable energy. Given our location, this is mainly hydro-electric power from our South Island lakes and rivers.

Humdinger NZ Gin Sustainable Enery


Equipment

We consciously choose equipment that is environmentally friendly, even for things like our hoses.

Giving Back

We are proud sponsors of The Beekeepers Daughters, which is a great initiative where beehives are built and installed to maximise the great work that the humble worker bee completes. Without these bees we wouldn’t be able to make Humdinger as we know it, with the bees being responsible for many of our botanicals as well as the food that keeps the team going, so the least we can do is sponsor beehives to give back to these thankless workers.

Humdinger Gin NZ Giving Back - Beekeepers Daughters