By on 19th June 2019

Let’s face it, times have changed. With so much emphasis on the distressing state of the planet and levels of pollutions that we have sadly created, everyone by now should be looking at ways to reduce unnecessary waste and single-use plastics, and instead find ways to reuse and recycle.

As we find ourselves producing more rum to meet the increasing demand for our delicious products, we recognise how important it is for us to do our part and take our societal and environmental responsibility very seriously.

At the forefront of our efforts to reuse and recycle is the scheme we introduced in collaboration with Patrick Rogan to recycle empty Takamaka Rum bottles into drinking glasses that we sell in our Gift Shop at La Plaine St André. It’s a win, win – our customers love having a Takamaka Rum branded glass to enjoy their rum in and we contribute to a more sustainable tomorrow. Local customers on Mahé are encouraged to collect and drop-off their empty bottles of Takamaka Rum at the Trois Frères Distillery.

A big part in reducing one’s carbon footprint is by going ‘local’. We source all of our sugarcane from an independent cooperative of local farmers. Up to 3 tons of sugar cane is crushed, fermented and distilled weekly at the distillery. Once crushed, the leftover cane (‘bagas‘ in creole) is returned to the farmers which they use as fertiliser.

La Grande Maison Restaurant located in the restored Plantation House at La Plaine St André also sources some of their finest and freshest ingredients from local fishermen and farmers. The chefs use herbs lovingly grown in the gardens to flavour and spice their exotic dishes.

Whilst it might seem daunting at first, it is not hard to make small changes in your daily lifestyle to reduce waste and contribute to a more sustainable life. How about incorporating these small tweaks into your routine.

Next time you are on the beach enjoying a glass of Takamaka Rum, take a look around for any washed up waste and plastic – pick it up and drop it in the nearest bin. The ocean will thank you for it!

Or next time your bartender serves you your favourite Takamaka Rum cocktail with a plastic straw, say no thank you or ask for a paper straw instead. A study published earlier this year estimated as many as 8.3 billion (that’s billion with a B) plastic straws pollute the world’s beaches and that if we don’t act now, by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

Have no plans for the weekend? Join a beach clean-up with The Ocean Project Seychelles. They are a not-for-proft, non-governmental organisation that was established in 2016 in response to the global issue of marine plastic pollution affecting the Seychelles with a mission to tackle the problem through education, action and research. They conduct monthly coastal clean-ups of beaches and waterways across the Seychelles islands. Takamaka Rum proudly partnered with TOP on their most recent clean-up at Au Cap beach located in front of the distillery.

To make a lasting impact we must all get involved. Let us know what innovative and fun uses you’ve found for your empty bottles of Takamaka Rum or what solutions you have adopted to reducing and recycling waste.