To upcycle plant by-products into better, biodegradable solutions for single-use plastic.
Tequila production creates millions of tonnes of residual agave waste every year, negatively impacting the environment. To combat the issue, the Sustainable Agave Company upcycles the waste to make practical and sustainable biodegradable products. As an environmental leader, we are constantly searching for new and innovative plant-based processes to create our products.
To upcycle more than 5,000,000 pounds of agave waste into exciting and practical biodegradable products.
Our Social Responsibility Platform
Our commitment to sustainability goes beyond our products. We donate 1% of our total sales to reforestation and restoration efforts in the Colorado River Delta. In collaboration with Pronatura Noroeste, the leading nature conservancy non-profit organization in Mexico, we are committed to driving impactful environmental change and breathing new life into our home.
Being kind to the environment is in our DNA and is something that inspires us each day. We do this through the manner in which we upcycle our raw plant material. We get a second-use out of the agave fiber by diverting it into our proprietary production process. We are then able to create useful, sustainable and biodegradable products that are an effective, eco-friendly way to replace single-use plastics.
Diversity & Labor Practices
We are committed to providing fair and equitable wages to our employees. We seek to support the regions in which we operate, by employing local talent. As a truly North American company, we have staff across Canada, the United States and Mexico. Women represent 75% of our executive leadership team and 66% of our corporate workforce.
At the Sustainable Agave Company we are motivated to give back to our communities. In 2022 we are encouraging our employees to give back some of their time - to causes close to their hearts. We support employees by giving them one paid volunteer day to use as they see fit. Additionally, we also channel our volunteering efforts into team-building activities.
Our Four Pillars of Sustainability
Our water system is a closed circuit system, where only evaporated water is refilled. This ensures that no water is wasted.
Our production process is based on low energy consumption, which allows us to use renewable energies such as solar, wind and hydroelectric power.
Our products are made from the residual material of Tequila production. As a result, each unit created is a sustainable, biodegradable and ecologically-friendly product. Simply put, we use materials that otherwise would be wasted. Further, we do not harvest any one-time use products for any of our production processes.
We invest in our people. Besides paying above market wages to the members of our team, we also offer insurance to many of our workers. In addition, we provide our staff with continuous training and development opportunities - as they grow, so do we. We are currently pursuing BCorp Certification.
Upcycling the Waste from Tequila
Tequila production involves extracting all juices and sugars from the agave plant. The residual fiber that remains is known as the bagazo; and it has become a major environmental problem. Every litre of tequila produced generates over 10lbs of bagazo. As a result millions of tons of bagazo waste are produced every year and dumped into landfills in rural Mexico. This is devastating to the environment as methanol and acidity from the bagazo seep into the soil, contaminating the land and water with dangerous pollutants. By upcycling the bagazo, we use the agave plant material a second time - to create biodegradable solutions that reduce the bagazo’s negative environmental impact.
Developing New Sustainable Products
Our innovation department is focused on creating new and unique agave-fiber based products that meet your needs.
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