City pub group uses beer kegs to save the environment

Last updated 18 Aug, 2022

Helping reduce single-use plastics in pubs is as simple as turning to an empty beer keg, the Duxton Pub Group’s Group Chairman Ed Peter says.

The business, which owns The Lion on Melbourne Street in North Adelaide and Saracens Head on Carrington Street, now uses stainless-steel beer kegs to replace plastic containers to store olive oil.

The group collaborated with Diana Olive Oil in Willunga to come up with a solution to replace single-use plastics.

“We are eliminating single-use plastics from our operations in a small way,” Ed says.

“We set out to look at what costs we could take out of the system and found a solution that was mutually beneficial both in terms of cost and the environmental impact. 

"The initiative reduces plastic waste, our energy footprint, and brings a sustainable practice to an entire industry as others have been inspired by our actions to do the same.”

The Duxton Pub Groups Kana Thorpe holding a beer keg
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The City of Adelaide (CoA), its residents and businesses are working together to make the city one of the world’s first carbon neutral cities.

Both AEDA and CoA champion the benefits of low-carbon living, and businesses can benefit from a commitment to supporting investment in sustainable technologies.

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Duxton’s Kana Thorpe says sustainability has been in the “DNA” of the Duxton Pub Group since its inception.

“Low carbon should be business as usual — a business having a commitment to a low carbon future is their social license to operate.

“If you’re not part of it, you’re not going to have that license to operate.”

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