Do What You Can
We’re lucky enough to live in the PNW—where a conservation and do-right ethic runs deep. At Hopworks, drinking good beer and protecting the planet go hand in hand. We thought we’d share some easy tips for recycling your plastic beer tops, reducing your impact in your daily life, going the extra mile to reuse and recycle, and throwing green parties.
And hey, just enjoying our Organic, locally-sourced beer is doing your part, too—whether in the pint glass or lightweight cans. (Remember to share your photos of our beer in the wild and tag #anywhereable while you’re at it!)
HIGH FIVE FOR PAKTECH HANDLES!
We’re big fan’s of the PakTech recycled handles. We use them on our 4-packs because they’re:
Made from 96% recycled HDPE plastic.
PakTech is a sustainability-focused company, and we like working with like-minded companies.
They’re made just down the road in Eugene, OR
Here’s a guide on how to recycle the PakTech handles that you get with our beer:
GET A BEER TOKEN
Portlanders, we make it worth your while to bring the handles back to one of ourlocations. For every Hopworks handle you bring back, we’ll give you a wooden token worth $0.10 towards your next pint. You can get up to $5.00 back.Thanks for pitching in!
(This offer is extended to retail customers and not for licensed establishments or businesses reselling HUB. Also, while we are happy to take and recycle PakTech handles from other breweries, we aren’t able to give you a credit for them.)
You still have options to keep the handles out of the landfill.
- PORTLAND, OR
Bring them back to either Hopworks location.
- SEATTLE, WA
According to Seattle’s “Ask Evelyn,” you can drop your PakTech handles in the CURBSIDE BIN! Kudos to you Seattle for making it easy!
- VANCOUVER, WA
Two transfer stations operated by Waste Connections will take sorted #2 plastics
- VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Westcoast Plastic Recycling Inc.
If all else fails, send us an email and we’ll see if we can find out more!
HOW TO THROW A GREEN KEGGER:
1. Use electronic invitations
2. Decorate with durable and/or recycled materials
3. Order the right amount of beer
Order slightly less draft beer than you think. Drain the keg and make up difference with cans and bottles. Returned keg beer goes down the drain but bottles and cans have life and can be consumed on your time. Budget 2 pints per guest if beer and wine, <2 if hard liquor is flowing. (REFERENCE: 7.75 gallon (62 pint) Pony keg serves up 30-45. Exhibit A- 55 guests= one Pony keg and a case. 13.2 gallon (105 pint) Full keg serves 45-70. Exhibit B- 90 guests= one Full keg and 2 cases)
4. Limit trips
required to get your party rolling. Hopworks is a “one-stop-shop” with everything you need for the beer side of your party. We stock beer, taps, buckets, ice and cups.
5. Minimize beer waste as foam
Get keg in place one hour before tapping. Keep keg out of sun and under a thick moving blanket to keep cold in and heat out.
6. Limit ice use
Limit your ice use by cooling only bottom half of keg where beer is drawn from. Use 2 large bags per keg.
7. Serve your beer responsibly. Durable Cups Rule!
This applies to plates and silverware too.
Single use compostable 16 oz. cups. Return to HUB for commercial composting only. Even better? Borrow our durable 16 oz. plastic tumblers, rinse and return. Free to use with deposit. Or use your existing glassware from home.
9. Minimize party waste
Lower your waste by conveniently locating and labelling 3 bins for compost, recycling and waste. Don’t be afraid to make it obvious.
10. Have a great party and enjoy yourself! Thanks for making a difference!
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” goes the saying. And SCRAP really proves the point! This great nonprofit takes “waste” materials and turns them into educational opportunities for youngsters, as well as providing a material source for local artists. Used bottlecaps and corks – among other things – go to SCRAP several times a year!
The City of Portland has a great curbside recycling program BUT some things can’t go in our dumpster (or your bin). But just about everything can be recycled, so we collect our rigid plastics, plastic films, and other items to deliver to Far West Fibers. There are drop off locations all over Portland, and there are other facilities that take many of these things too. Places like Environmentally Conscious Recycling help take your larger items and break them down into reusable and recyclable parts.
Reduce Your Impact
What can you do to reduce your impact, in an everyday kind of way? We put together a helpful Top 10 list for you!
Recycling 100 aluminum cans could light your bedroom for two weeks! At HUB, ~90% of our waste gets composted or recycled instead of going to landfill.
A small adjustment of your thermostat from 72 to 68 degrees can save as much as$10 / month on a $100 heating bill. If it feels a little chilly still, it’s a great excuse to wear a warm and cozy sweater.
If you’re feeling a draft in your home, caulking cracks, sealing ductwork, and weather-stripping doors and windows can make a big difference.
Washing clothes in cold water is recommended by many detergents! During warmer and drier months, consider using a clothesline instead of the drier.
If you’re in Portland your water comes from Bull Run and it is awesome! Even in places where tap water isn’t great, filters and reusable water bottles are much better for the environment than “disposable” water bottles.
6. Cutting Water Use
Low-flow showerheads and sink aerators can save water and money – by not heating that water, you can save $100 or more each year in energy and water. Also, make sure none of your toilets or faucets have leaks.
7. Efficient Light Bulbs
CFLs have come a long way, and pay for themselves in 3-7 months. LEDs are great (though expensive), and are also dimmable, which is great for a romantic dinner.
8. Furnace Filter
Changing your furnace filter can save money by making it easier for your fan to push air throughout your house, plus your air will be cleaner. Depending on what type of filter you have, every three months is about right.
9. The Commute
Are you able to ride a bike or take the bus to work? Carpool with a friend? If you are driving, check your tire pressure and watch your speed to make that tank of gas last longer.
10. Give toxic chemicals the boot
Lots of household products from air fresheners to cleaners can actually contain harmful chemicals. In addition to being harmful, such chemicals can pollute the soil and water for years to come. There are often great alternatives in the natural sections of grocery stores.