MORE SUSTAINABLE SIPS
Making Soda With Soul isn’t just a nod to our musical origins in an East London nightclub, it’s about doing soft drinks better and crafting in a way that respects people and the planet.
There’s no denying that the drinks industry doesn’t have a great rep when it comes to protecting the planet. Despite a fizzload of greenwashing, ultimately the soft drinks industry is unsustainable as it stands today.
Armed with this knowledge, we’re both proud of the strides we’re making and extremely aware of just how far we (and the entire industry) still have to go.
From Farm to Fizz
QUALITY FRUIT MATTERS
It’s always the quality of our fruit that makes Dalston’s pop without the need for sugars, sweeteners or artificial nasties. It’s harder (and let’s be real - more expensive) to craft, but it’s better for your insides, better for the planet and it tastes superior.
SUPPORT BRITISH FARMS
As much as possible, we source fruit from small UK farms who promote regenerative British agriculture and biodiversity. For the Dalston’s flavours starring fruit not typically grown on UK soil we work to source from farms as close to home as possible.
RHUBARB FIELDS FOREVER, HEREFORDSHIRE UK
THIS ENTIRE FIELD OF RHUBARB GOES INTO OUR DRINKS
ELDERFLOWER POWER, ROSS-ON-WYE UK
OUR ELDERFLOWER IS HAND-PICKED AND SORTED
crushing on cans
Recycled aluminium cans are considered the least environmentally damaging single-use container.
While most materials degrade each time they’re recycled (until they inevitably end up in landfill) aluminium can be recycled infinitely - it keeps its quality every time.
Even the best intentioned recyclable packaging doesn’t always get recycled. This can be due to complications caused by colour, to lack of infrastructure and demand. Aluminium cans, however, are currently recycled at 69% globally and, unlike other materials, a 100% real recycling rate is possible in the future.
Aluminium recycling uses infrastructure that already exists. Cans have an efficiency rate of 90% beating glass (67%) and PET (66%). Plus no new material needs to be mined or transported.
Recycling aluminium can also save up to 95% of the energy used to make a new can - plus no new material needs to be mined or transported.
75% of all of the aluminium ever produced is still in use today.
FANTASTIC NOT PLASTIC
12.2 million tonnes of plastic ends up in oceans every year.
Let's not add to the problem.
When we first started Dalston’s, we used glass bottles before moving to more sustainable 100% recyclable cans.
Necessary to keep everything secure during transport, on a metric tonne pallet of Dalston’s we use only 300g of plastic pallet wrap. While it’s currently not a recycled material, we’re working towards 30% recycled plastic in the short term.
We’re able to use just 20g of plastic per case of Dalston’s in our shrink wrapping. It’s currently made up of 30% recycled plastics. We’re working with our packaging partners to get this to 50% in the short term and eventually 100%.
It's a journey
We’re constantly working on big-impact projects as well as small tweaks to improve our practices.
By making some key changes to our packaging across our core product range, we’ve been able to reduce cardboard usage by 46%.
With the help of Climate Partner, our official partner for climate action we’ve offset over 1 million kg of Co2. However, offsetting is just part of the puzzle. We’re constantly engaging in carbon reduction to reduce the amount of carbon we’re creating in the first place and, ultimately working toward net zero is the true goal.
We’re not a B Corp just yet, but we’re working on it. It’s a long process (as it should be) to ensure that everything we do is up to the B Corp standard.
Each year, around 14 million pieces of plastic rubbish end up in and around our canals and rivers, so for World Environment Day 2023 the Dalston's Team got down’n’dirty cleaning London Canals to beat plastic pollution.
For the past 2 years, we’ve kicked Black Friday to the curb and instead run Soulful Sales, where we’ve supported FoodCycle Charity and the incredible work they engage in by donating meals to those in need. In 2023 our team also volunteered at their welcoming space in Stepney Green, London.