Sustainable & environmentally friendly

Jaw Brew strives to conduct its business in the most sustainable way focusing hugely on the Circular Economy (CE) that is an alternative to the traditional linear economy of take, make and dispose. The CE aims to keep resources as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them as well as recovering and regenerating products and materials.  

In 2016 Jaw Brew partnered with Aulds the Bakers to pioneer a beer made from their leftover morning bread rolls. The challenge was to develop a tasty beer while contributing to the CE by using a product that would otherwise be wasted. The proof of the pudding was when Hardtack won a bronze medal in the Scotland Region SIBA awards ahead of many larger, longer-established brands. Jaw Brew also clinched a Commendation at the Vibes Awards for their Circular Economy initiative, the first time a brewery has featured in this prestigious event.

The spent grains and bread that result from the mash goes to a local farm as cattle feed and the hops are used as mulch by a local gardening club. Where possible, heat is recovered from the brewing process and retained for the next batch.

 A local artisan baker (who already uses Jaw Brew’s dark beer, ‘Fathom’ in their chocolate gateaux) is experimenting with out spent grain to produce a high fibre loaf, which could fulfil some special dietary requirements. Jaw Brew is also working on other uses of this spent grain including the creation of snack bars.

In addition to this, Jaw Brew is trying to reduce their packaging footprint as much as possible. For example, instead of using plastic can connectors that far too often end up in the ocean damaging sea life, we are collaborating on an alternative made out of prawn shells. In Scotland, there is a huge surplus of prawn shells resulting from the seafood industry. Jaw Brew is hoping to utilise these left over shells to create a sustainable and harmless can connector which will not be left floating around our oceans for years to come but which instead will become part of the food chain.

 © Paul Monaghan

© Paul Monaghan