Are pedal-powered pubs the future of drinking?twitter/roadtripscoffee

At this time of year there's an overwhelming focus on Dry January. But if a month off alcohol isn't something you're up for (or you don't drink anyway), looking for eco-friendly drinks – alcoholic and otherwise – is a thoughtful alternative to giving anything up.

1. East Green: Adnams' carbon neutral beer

Competitor Heineken has opened the world's first large-scale carbon neutral brewerytwitter/mikehudema

Heading to Cindies with your mates?  Try out this carbon neutral beer for a change. East Green is the UK’s first carbon neutral beer and this is no mean feat. To achieve this, Adnams’ has to open a new modern brewing facility that features an Energy Recovery System that recycles all of its steam used to brew beer. The brewer has even gone one step further, sourcing their barley exclusively from nearby Suffolk, which greatly reduces the carbon emissions. On average, a pint of conventional beer produces 750g of carbon dioxide which adds to global warming.

 2. Waste Not: surplus food fruit juice

Flavours include apricot and peach, and the slightly more queasy-sounding beetroot and orangetwitter/mse_deals

Food waste is a massive issue in the UK, making up more than a third of all food produced. This is a huge source of carbon emissions since our modern agriculture techniques are highly energy-intensive, from the use of machinery to the synthesis of fertilisers (NatSci students can verify this). This juice makes use of wonky fruits and vegetables that is usually discarded and landfilled. In order to introduce it to shoppers, Tesco works with major produce suppliers, G’s and AMC to rework their supply chains to make this juice possible. Help make the planet healthier and try out some of the juices today. Available in selected Tesco stores.

 3. Powdies: powderised fruit juice

 Powdies is a newcomer in this area. They're pioneering a new type of fruit juice: one that comes in powdered form that can be rehydrated prior to consumption, Powdies helps the environment in two ways : it makes use of wonky fruits and vegetables from G’s and reduces transport emissions by 90%, as much of the product is made of water. Powdies provides a quick healthy fix for busy students like us, rushing from lecture room to lecture room. Powdies is launching soon and will be available both online and in retail outlets.

 4. Oatly: plant-based drinks (oat milk)

Oat milk is a better option for the environment (just ignore the disposable cup)twitter/mslisawilliams

 Oatly is an original Swedish oat drink company, turning liquid oats into food and drinks with maximum nutritional value and minimal environmental impact. Oatly was started by a food scientist who noticed the lack of alternatives to milk and wants to provide one for his children. Although tasty, milk produces a large amount of carbon emissions due to methane production by the cows. Oatly has created quite a stir in the cafe scene of Brooklyn, New York, leading to severe shortages in many of these cafes. Recently, Oatly has introduced a range of Barista Edition drinks that foam up in coffee like milk. Head to the closest supermarket or cafe to taste some of the plant-based goodness.

 5. Toast Ale: made using bread


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 Another beer doing its bit: this beer is taking a different approach to tackling the climate issue. Toast Ale is tackling an interesting question: what happens to the ends of sandwich loaves sent to sandwich makers? The disappointing answer is that all the ends of the loaves are discarded. So the founder of the beverage brand gave himself a challenge to turn these food waste into a meaningful product.  Indeed, he did: introducing a beer (nothing could have been better if you ask me) that reduces food waste and makes celebrations that bit more special. I have personally tried a bottle and frankly it's pretty nice with a hint of doughy flavour. Available in supermarket and speciality drinks outlets.

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