Libre stands for sustainability

 

Sustainability involves all of us, from vignerons all the way through to wine lovers. By encouraging a sustainable ethos, we create better conditions for our planet and the people. And, as a result, we promote better quality wines & better health.

The good news is that there are a lot of wine, sake and beer producers working hard behind the scenes to make their products more sustainable. We feel its is important to do the same; creating change is something that needs to start today, not tomorrow.

Viticulture should build for the future not just the vintage. The winemakers we are happy to represent; do their work to bring their land in harmony with its surroundings, to limit environmental impact and create the most sustainable operation possible. This choice is often not the easiest but to some, there is no other way. 

We feel as if it is our duty to continue the cycle, to do our part for environmental & social responsibility. 

 

How we accomplish this? 

Community - To us, giving back is incredibly important, encouraging an open mindset to the food we consume; while crucial, isn't a reality for everyone. Being "local" is not the end of being a local business. Reciprocating the support we receive back into the community pushes us to do more, be more involved and connect with those around us. We take a holistic approach to community building and we are fortunate enough to partner with local organisations who feel the same (Shelter City, Food for Good, Slow Food Utrecht). 

Move towards zero waste - This is only a small piece of the puzzle. We're aiming to move toward zero waste as a brand. We're committed to taking proactive measures to use less & recycle more. This is no easy task but we also encourage our suppliers and customers to be conscious. Waste reduction is just one way we can reduce our environmental impact. 

Local Focus - The important of wine requires thousands of kilometres by default. We work hard to keep this process as efficient as possible. Increasing quantities, filling orders and grouping allows us to do this. While we believe localised consumption, we also feel the message behind natural wine making & the return to craftsmanship is equally valuable. All this, while actively seeking out the most varied & quality wine and sake for our selection. In addition to tastings & masterclasses we will host gatherings to educate on sustainability & regenerative agriculture. 

Partnering up - We seek out partners with the same sustainable philosophy as Libre. From the food for our events to the furniture in our store, we keep community & reutilisation in mind. We try to keep our own actions in line with the products that we sell; wine & sake with a connection to land and people. We are proud to collaborate with the following partners for our tote bags, food items & material. 

Stanley/Stella At Stanley/Stella we work closely with our suppliers to source only the best raw materials, grown or produced in ways that do not harm people, animals or the environment. We exclusively use 100% GOTS certified organic cotton from India, recycled polyester from China and other sustainable materials such as Modal®.

Locals Utrecht  Locals Utrecht is the platform for Utrecht makers. We believe that these Utrecht residents make our region more fun and tastier with their products. That is why we have set up as a supplier of Utrecht farm to table. We make the connection between producers & the consumer.