Blue is the new Green!
Since they opened their doors in 1997, the Blue Point Brewing Company has upheld their commitment to “freshness and flavor” for their beer and the freshness stamp on every bottle assures their customers of that promise.
The brewery was recently educated on the impact that we all make on the environment, especially businesses to their local surroundings. Armed with the education and surprising new facts, Blue Point Brewing made an all-new commitment to “sustainability” to take being green very seriously at both a business and ethical level.
The brewery’s employees and their families are the driving-force behind the desire to minimize our carbon-footprint on the planet and to build responsible new, eco-friendly processes that preserve the Earth and it’s natural resources for future generations. The Blue Point Brewing Company appreciates it’s beautiful natural isle environment and waterfront Long Island property, but understands that things need to continue to change and evolve to ensure a delicate balance of preservation.
At Blue Point Brewing Company, we believe everyone has a part in helping the environment. So see what steps we’ve taken to minimize our impact on the environment. Blue Point Brewing will continue to factor the environment into all of it’s business strategies and decisions going forward. Hopefully we’ll inspire others to do the same, because, “Blue is the new Green” and we’re all in this together, so we’re all responsible and that makes us accountable:
- BPBC new brew house utilizes a high-efficiency, natural gas fired Scotch Marine 4-pass boiler with a full modulation burner for energy efficiency and reduced emissions
- Our state-of-the-art Thermostat and HVAC equipments upgrade includes using the new R134a, an eco-friendly refrigerant that replaces Chlorofluorocarbons in an effort to reduce damage to the ozone layer
- BPBC uses only Compact Florescent bulbs which have been installed throughout the offices, brewery and tasting room to reduce energy consumption
- BPBC vehicles are fuel efficient, the BPBC box truck is diesel and many of our sales cars are low emission Hondas
- BPBC small vehicles and fork lifts run on clean-burning Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) a gas that is being recognized by governments around the world for it’s contribution towards improved air quality as it’s a low-polluting fossil fuel
- BPBC uses High-intensity Discharge Lighting (HID) in their production area, the same lights seen on new sport vehicles known as “Xenon Headlamps,” a brighter, whiter light from bulbs that use reduced-power-consumption which means less fuel consumption
- BPBC uses new T5 Florescent Tubes that mimics Natural Daylight with electronic ballasts in their warehouse buildings, proven to increase physical/mental health of employees, improvements to productivity and safety while reducing energy consumption in half
- BPBC also uses Programmable Thermostats in their office areas
- BPBC installed Motion Detectors that shuts-off lights when it detects no motion after people have leave an area
- BPBC installed jet toilets in their business and public restrooms that use low water consumption
- BPBC installed a Heat Exchanger that recovers millions of BTUs in wasted heat in the form of steam which is then condensed into hot water for the next brew. The Exchanger also uses a proprietary heat recovery system to continually recycle heat throughout the brewing process saving incredible amounts of energy daily
- BPBC replaced all of their plastic drinking cups with the new, completely natural alternative GREENWARE™ this amazing new material is called PLA Resin (polylactic acid) and is 100% compostable and environmentally sustainable. These cups look and feel just like their plastic counterparts, but they’re biodegradable in less then 25 days (not 500 years) quickly breaking down into natural lactic acid and metabolites recycled in the ground
- BPBC produces tons of spent mash daily that we offer to composting facilities reducing the waste and emissions associated with the alternative of being augured into trucks to be delivered to local landfills, additionally some of the spent mash occasionally goes to local dairy farmers as an alternative to their high cost feed such as soybean meal or corn which costs 10x the amount. The cows love BPBC mash and you can’t blame them, it’s tasty, usually still warm and high in protein and fiber and contains as much energy as the corn silage.
- BPBC packaging is printed on renewable resources, 100% recycled corrugated board which has been recently reengineered to reduce fiber content which reduces the amount of trees needed as well as costs. They also recycle all plastic strapping, stretch wrap, ink pails and plastics associated with printing and package assembly
- BPBC packaging printers hold leadership positions in several key initiatives such as: The Nature Conservancy, Cerflor, CCX, The Conservation Fund, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Abundant Forest Alliance and many more
- Most of our regular customers participate in our “Jug Refill Program”, which we’ve been doing this since day one, so when you really think about it, we were eco-friendly before it was “cool”, this is where our patrons bring back their Beer “Growler” (brown glass jugs) and we refill them fresh from the tap, so this is actually a notch up from recycling, it’s reusing.