One must do good while trying to do well. If we are to honor our communities as well as the land, we must pave the way for healthy, responsible growth by fostering practices that take care of Oaxaca, a place and a people that many of us have come to deeply love. Sombra Mezcal is a proud member of 1% For The Planet, donating at least 1% of sales to certified environmental charities and local educational initiatives in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Traditionally, spent agave fibers, left over after fermentation and distillation, are dumped into local waterways, along with the acidic liquid byproduct, which is approximately 10 times the volume of liquor produced.
To break that cycle and move toward zero waste, Sombra developed a technique to combine the two forms of waste to create adobe bricks. The bricks are being used to build houses in villages that have been impacted by recent earthquakes.
Agave is grown naturally in the high mountain sunshine of Oaxaca.
Rainwater is collected from the roof, stored in underground tanks, and used to cool our condensate lines.
Firewood for the earthen ovens is sourced from certified forests.
Agave byproducts are compressed into strong adobe bricks for local housing.
Solar panels are installed on the distillery roof and provide power to much of our distillery.
Copper stills are insulated to reduce energy consumption.
Agave byproducts are being explored for use as biofuel.
Agave is crushed with an electrically-powered millstone instead of animal labor.
We fund local education in languages and the arts with the "Opening Doors" after-school program.
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