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Opt to Act - Simple Action #40: Sip more soundly and take a closer look at your beverage choices.

Join REI in making the fight for a life outdoors part of your life with the Opt to Act Plan - 52 weeks of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active, and leave the world better than you found it. Full details can be found here.

Week 40: Sip more soundly and take a closer look at your beverage choices. 

Our most favored brews may have a large carbon footprint, and there’s something we can do about it. Whether you prefer coffee, tea, beer, wine or spirits, there are a few factors which can influence your purchasing. For beer, fill a growler to minimize packaging waste. You can think of a growler as beer’s version of a reusable shopping bag. Also, consider buying aluminum cans instead of glass, which are lighter to transport. If you’re into wine, consider winemakers who are active in LIVE certification, which supports social and environmental growing practices. For coffee and tea, opt for bulk purchasing and bring your own container, since most coffee bags are not recyclable. And look for icons like Rainforest Alliance or Fair Trade Certified, which requires producers and manufacturers to promote sustainable livelihoods and safe working conditions for farmers and workers. 

Take part: Aug. 30–Sept. 5, 2020

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.
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For those who enjoy an occasional hard cider outdoors (falls are perfect!), I would highly recommend looking into bagged cider, which is built on the same idea as bagged wine. Milk and Honey cider, a local MN cidery, is the only company I know who sells bagged cider. The value is great, the volume is large, they easily fit into a backpack (with and without cider in them) and are lightweight for those who want to go hiking/backpacking and bring along a special drink.