This year marks almost 50 years since the first Earth Day celebration. But we believe environmentalism should be an every day occurrence, not just once a year.\r\n\r\nHere\u2019s a look at some of our favorite eco-minded producers in the wine, beer and spirits world that put the environment at the forefront of their philosophy.\r\nHops & Grain Brewing \r\nBased in Austin, Texas, Hops & Grain has been making beer since 2009. In addition to crafting award-winning brews, the producer is also committed to bettering their environment and community.\r\n\r\nHops & Grain donates 1% of their profits to environmental causes like the Texas Land Conservancy, which works to protect the environment from land fragmentation and poorly-planned development.\r\n\r\nTheir sustainability efforts also benefit our canine friends. During the brewing process, sugary liquid or wort is extracted from the grains. What\u2019s left is fiber, protein and other nutrients.\r\n\r\nRather than throw out the spent grain, the brewery mixes the leftovers with whole wheat flower, cinnamon, eggs and a few other ingredients to make Brew Biscuits.\r\n\r\nTheir resident expert, a golden retriever named Suzy, taste tests the treats before they go to market.\r\n\r\n\r\nGreenbar Distillery \r\nBased in Los Angeles, Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Mathew founded Greenbar in 2004, making it the city\u2019s first distillery since prohibition.\r\n\r\nIn 2008, the spirits producer partnered with Sustainable Harvest International, an organization that helps preserve and rebuild rainforests by working with farmers in Central America to promote sustainable, organic farming methods.\r\n\r\nSince forming the partnership, Greenbar has planted 786,578 trees in Central America.\r\n\r\nThe distillery also packages their spirits made with certified organic ingredients in lightweight bottles with 100% post consume waste recycled labels.\r\nHeron Hill\r\nHeron Hill has been producing wine in New York\u2019s Finger Lakes region for over four decades.\r\n\r\nThe winery recognizes that consumers are growing more conscious about the food and drinks they consume. Instead of eliminating weeds with harsh chemicals, the vineyard has placed special emphasis on under-canopy management, and plows as often as necessary to control growth without the use of herbicides.\r\n\r\nUnder-canopy management also severs surface roots from the vine, forcing the remaining roots to go deeper into the sub-soil. This gives the plants access to sub-surface ground water, which helps the vines better endure droughts without requiring extra irrigation.\r\n\r\nRow middles are also sown annually with grasses and nitrogen-corrective rhizomes. By doing this the winery not only betters surface drainage but allows for biodiversity of beneficial insects and micro-organisms that can help prevent vineyard pests naturally.\r\n\r\n\r\nDomaine Chandon \r\nThis producer of both sparkling and still wines has been part of Yountville, California, since 1973, and now has estates in Carneros and Mt Veeder.\r\n\r\nWith a commitment to sustainability, Chandon is a member of the Napa Green Certified Land program and has achieved its Napa Green Winery certification.\r\n\r\nThe winery takes many steps to uphold these certifications, Some include irrigating vineyards entirely with reclaimed or collected water, or employing the use of owl boxes to encourage birds of prey to nest and act as natural pest control. The winery also uses technology such as Electrodialysis, an energy-efficient alternative to cold stabilization, which saves enough energy each year to provide power to 55 homes.\r\n\r\n\r\nBrewery Vivant\r\nHoused in a refurbished funeral home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Brewery Vivant became the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified micro-brewery in the world in 2012.\r\n\r\nThe building has high efficiency heating/cooling units with CO2 sensors that result in an energy savings of 7%, while their cistern collects rainwater runoff and irrigates Vivant\u2019s landscape while simultaneously relieving pressure from the city\u2019s wastewater treatment facilities.\r\n\r\nThe brewery is also committed 100% transparency. Each year they publish a Beer the Change report that highlights their progress toward their sustainable goals.