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May 23, 2014 / Bacardi Cuba

Bacardi Aims to Create a Greener Product through Barrel Recycling

To create the unique flavor of BACARDI rum, Bacardi uses American white oak barrels. Each barrel has a life of about 20 years before it must be retired to avoid adulteration of the pure rum flavor. Typically, retired barrels end up in landfills. Considering that the Bacardi distillery is located on a small island, the company strives to minimize its waste as much as possible. Instead of disposing of used barrels, the company has begun grinding them into wood chips that mulch the various gardens on the 127-acre campus of the distillery.

Additionally, employees have the option of taking the wood chips, a good source of nutrients, to their homes for use in their own gardens. For more than 150 years, Bacardi has adhered to its Good Spirited global sustainability program, which outlines a range of sustainability goals to meet in the coming years. By 2017, the company plans to halve emissions and water consumption. Other goals include minimizing the weight of packaging and using sustainably harvested sugar cane products.

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