A Brooklyn-based company called Air Co has created the world’s first “carbon negative” vodka.
The drink is created in a process called electrochemical conversion, which turns waste CO2 into alcohol. While this is already a well-known technique, according to Air Co this is the first time it’s been utilised for vodka production on such a large scale.
The CO2 is sourced from factories in the US and is liquified before being transported to Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighbourhood for the final stages of production.
All in all, Air Co says the production process creates less CO2 than it uses up, resulting in product being “carbon negative”. In fact, according to a life-cycle analysis (LCA) it produces just 10 percent of what is captured for the product.
“The capture, purification, compression and transportation emit around 0.1 kg of CO2 per 1 kg of CO2 that comes through our door, so our CO2 is 90 per cent carbon negative when it arrives before we do anything to it,” said the company.
The packaging is also recyclable and reusable and the carbon footprint of the label production is offset by the manufacturer planting trees.
While Air Co won’t stop climate change on its own, this is certainly a large step in the right direction.