More than skimming the surface. #CocktailsForCleanups.

It is more than a hashtag. It goes deeper than our ongoing preservation efforts at the distillery. It is our commitment to remove 75,000 pounds of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways.

The easiest way to help us create change is by ordering or mixing your favorite Maker's® drink and posting a photo of it on social media with #CocktailsForCleanups. Read on to get more involved.

Classic Mint Julep

What 75,000 pounds of trash looks like.

We recently supported a major initiative to replace straws in cocktails, helping to keep plastic out of our waterways. It seemed like the least we could do, given that the straw was invented for use with the Mint Julep. This year, we're diving deeper. To get an idea of the scope of this goal, try scrolling through the sea of factoids below.

8 million tons of plastic enters our oceans per year

91% of plastic does not get recycled

44% of sea life has ingested plastic

75,000 pounds is roughly equivalent to: 81 million plastic straws

6 million plastic shopping bags

2.3 million aluminum soft drink cans

700,000+ plastic take-out containers

7,500,000 paper napkins

3,750,000 empty plastic water bottles

Thanks for taking the plunge.

Here's to better cocktails and a better world. This initiative will be active into the coming months, so check back for rotating cocktail recipes. Thanks for helping create change by posting your drink photos with #CocktailsForCleanups. Consider joining a cleanup in your area with United By Blue.

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