Refill project

Firstly, we were disappointed this week to have to announce the cancellation of our Asia CanTech conference that was due to take place in Bangkok, Thailand this October.  With the existing uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision has been made postpone the event to 2022. As conference director, Neil McRitchie says, safety comes first. However, we are still planning to go ahead with our CanTech The Grand Tour event in Warsaw, Poland this March. You can read more details here.

In other news, a story that recently caught my eye was the Isle of Harris Distillery Refill Project. The Isle of Harris Distillery is in the small harbour village of Tarbert on the Isle of Harris, a small island in the Outer Hebrides, off the far north-western coast of Scotland. The Isle of Harris Gin is the distillery’s inaugural spirit, distilled in a small copper gin still, known as The Dottach.

The refill project was created to address the growing demand from customers to allow them to keep the treasured glass Isle of Harris Gin bottle instead of throwing it out. Although the glass bottle is fully recyclable, the beauty of the design makes it difficult for customers to ways part with it. Therefore, the company began exploring the potential of new refill solutions by experimenting with aluminium as a high-quality material with exceptional recyclability, lightness, and excellent carbon footprint figures.

The result is a 500ml aluminium bottle, designed to refill the glass Isle of Harris Gin bottle. It is available through a limited annual subscription service initially.

Simon Erlanger, managing director of Isle of Harris Distillery, said: “We’ve been looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint without losing the pleasure of pouring from our lovely gin bottle. We learnt that aluminum can be the most recyclable of materials and so this new subscription service looks like a great solution.”

It’s great to see the innovation and yet another company opting for aluminium packaging. For further information on the Refill Project please visit:

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