A country known for its forward-thinking environmental practices; Sweden leads the world in developing high-impact sustainable designs. In the spirit of eco-friendly innovation, the Swedish start-up Wayout International recently committed their efforts to scaling back plastic waste and pollution caused by the beverage industry.
Wayout have developed plug and play beverage micro-factories that allow for sustainable, localised production of water and beverages. This solution reduces environmental impact by avoiding unnecessary transport and waste management.
The East African safari operator Asilia Africa has recently announced the opening of its newly reimagined lodge, Sayari Camp in the northern Serengeti. In partnership with Wayout, the camp is opening with the first-ever solar powered microbrewery in the bush.
By having its own microbrewery, Sayari Camp will now be able to produce its own beer and soft drinks, as well as purifying and producing sparkling water using renewable energy. This removes the need for bottles and cans in camp, reducing waste along with its transport carbon footprint. The brewery is already producing four unique beers for Asilia, providing another option for sundowners while out on safari.
As a result, in less than a year Sayari Camp has eliminated more than 18,000 single use plastic water bottles. Guests, staff and the local community now have access to pristine, locally produced drinking water. Whilst relatively small in terms of footprint, the impact this approach has had on the community and environment has been massive.
The concept of micro-factories is simple. Instead of shipping bottles across the globe and polluting the air through fossil-fuel transportation, micro-factories allow communities, restaurants, and breweries to produce beverages and purified water in-house, reducing the need for transportation and logistics. The goal of this concept is to localize drink production everywhere, so that even communities with limited resources can produce safe drinking water, without contaminating surroundings with plastic or glass bottles.
Aside from its environmentally friendly attributes, the microfactory model promises to boost profitability and efficiency as well. Monthly, the machine can hold up to 3,000 liters of brewed beverages and store up to 70,000 liters of water. Because distributors only need to purchase extracts and ingredients for the amount they use, they can tailor costs according to their enterprise’s individual needs. Eliminating excessive waste, the micro-factory offers an exciting combination of accessibility, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness, launching the next wave of innovative manufacturing.
Microfactories testify that reducing the beverage industry’s harmful environmental impact is not only possible but also pragmatic. When companies like Wayout value and prioritize sustainability, new, disruptive ideas emerge, ideas that can affect positive change—one beverage at a time
Wayout makes sustainable beverage micro factories, offered for lease to clients that see the opportunities in locally producing water and beverages with a minimal eco footprint. Instead of shipping pre-packaged beverages around the planet – producing tons and tons of excess carbon dioxide and leaving billions of plastic bottles in the wake – Wayout provides a sustainable and commercial alternative for local coverage of water and beverages.
For more information go to https://www.wayoutintl.com/.