York distillery is Europe’s first to dig in to help save the planet

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A Yorkshire-based gin and whisky distillery is the first European distillery to join international environmental initiative, 1% for the Planet.

Cooper King Distillery, England’s first self-built gin and whisky distillery, has joined 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of annual sales of its flagship product, York Dry Gin, to support non-profit organisations focusing on the environment.

The announcement came on Earth Day, a global event which saw up to one billion people in 192 countries take part. Earth Day encourages individuals, corporations and governments to make pledges and take action to improve sustainability and environmental impact.

As a member of 1% for the Planet, Cooper King Distillery commits to supporting approved environmental non-profit partners by donating the equivalent of 1% of sales through a combination of monetary, in-kind and approved advertising contributions.

Collectively, the movement’s members have donated more than £120 million to environmental non-profits to-date.

Cooper King Distillery’s contribution will be used to plant 1 square metre of native woodland for every bottle of gin sold through a partnership with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, planting more than 400 new trees in the Yorkshire region over the next 12 months.

Established in 2014 by co-founders Chris Jaume, a chartered architect and scientist Dr Abbie Neilson, Cooper King Distillery is England’s smallest whisky and gin distillery.

With production well under way, the first batch of York Dry Gin is set for launch to the public in May, following a pre-sale for Cooper King newsletter subscribers.

Abbie Neilson, co-founder of Cooper King Distillery said:“It is fantastic to be the first distillery in Europe to join the 1% for the Planet initiative. Chris and I are determined to do all we can to give back to the environment and reduce our carbon footprint, and the 1% for the Planet movement is a really great way to do so.

Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet said: “We are thrilled to welcome Cooper King Distillery to our global network. Currently, only 3% of total philanthropy goes to the environment and, only 3% of that comes from businesses. We need more business like Cooper King Distillery to do its valuable part to increase giving and support on the ground outcomes.”