Yorkshire distillery becomes first in Europe to commit to global environment initiative ahead of Earth Day 2018

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 comes ahead of Earth Day, a global event taking place on Sunday 22 April 2018, which sees up to one billion people in 192 countries take part each year. 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 Dr Abbie Neilson, a former scientist, Cooper King Distillery is England’s smallest whisky and gin distillery.

With production well underway, the first batch of York Dry Gin is set for launch to the public on May 22, following a pre-sale for Cooper King newsletter subscribers.

Abbie Neilson, co-founder of Cooper King Distillery commented:

“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.”

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About Cooper King Distillery

Located in the heart of Yorkshire, Cooper King Distillery is a self-built, family-owned gin and whisky distillery built on the site of a stable. Formed in 2016, by Dr Abbie Neilson, a former scientist and Chris Jaume, a chartered architect, Cooper King Distillery is independent, self-built and powered by 100% green energy. With a desire to leave the rat race, co-founders Chris and Abbie travelled across the globe, in search of sun, sand and adventure. Whilst visiting Australia the pair became fascinated by Tasmania’s eight operational whisky distilleries and the hand-crafted premium whisky industry, which was just starting to take off in this part of the world. With a mission to bring their discoveries back to Britain, Chris and Abbie set up a truly independent craft distillery back home in Sutton-on-the-Forest in North Yorkshire. Taught by Bill Lark, the godfather of Tasmanian whisky, and armed with a wealth of knowledge gathered from across Tasmania’s now internationally acclaimed New World whisky distilleries and beyond, Cooper King Distillery produces authentic premium spirits, using the highest quality ingredients that England has to offer. The distillery’s inaugural product, Cooper King Dry Gin was released in May 2018. Hand distilled using honey from the distillery’s beehives, lemongrass and a touch of locally-grown lavender, the gin has incredible savoury lemongrass flavours, a silky mouthfeel and delicate floral notes. Produced in micro-batches, Cooper King is the first distillery in Yorkshire to combine innovative cold vacuum distillation with traditional hot copper-pot distillation, in a process that’s tailored to suit each individual botanical, ensuring they extract the freshest, fullest flavours. The initial reviews of Cooper King Dry Gin are extremely positive, with The Gin Fayre describing it as a ‘game changer’. The company is the first distillery in Europe to join international environment initiative, 1% for the Planet, which sees 1% of sales of Cooper King Dry Gin contributed towards environmental non-profits. Cooper King Distillery will plant one square metre of native woodland for every bottle sold through a partnership with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. Its initial batch of premium single malt whisky, made using Yorkshire barley, is scheduled to go into production in summer 2018, with a projected release date of 2023. Inspired by Chris’s great-great-grandfather, Charles Cooper King, the name Cooper King has rich historical ties to England and Yorkshire. Born in 1843, Charles, who was Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Marine Artillery, traced the Cooper King family history back to 1030, where he identified the Pigot family of Yorkshire, whose shield can still be seen today throughout Ripon Cathedral. The Cooper King Distillery Founders’ Club is offering craft spirit lovers a unique opportunity to become part of the Cooper King family and help make English distilling history. Membership tiers start from £30, which is ideal for a gift, through to more established memberships which include a name engraving on the Founders’ Plaque in the distillery. Memberships also offer first access to rare and collectable whisky in the form of new, special, and small-batch releases, individually-numbered single cask releases from their early casks, plus the chance to own Cooper King Distillery’s Inaugural Release bottle #1. To find out more about Cooper King Distillery, visit http://www.cooperkingdistillery.co.uk/