In Kunstmann we believe that both through independent beer experiments and development we can build better future to our territory, contributing to economic, cultural and human development aligned with the need for a more decentralized and environmentally friendly country model.
Therefore, we would like to share with you some of the main initiatives we promote to carry out this commitment.
We are fully committed to the region, which allow us to elaborate each of our specialties from the pure water of Patagonia, to the essence of Valdivian jungle making beers to be unique. That´s why we always seek to enhance ingredients of this territory, supporting entrepreneur and, of course, local economy development.
Therefore, we are proud to highlight some of the alliances with local producers, for example, APICOOP cooperative which meets more than 300 small and medium beekeepers from Los Ríos Region, who provide us of raw material to produce our Kunstmann Honey. We also work with regional companies, which allow us to stock up on blueberries, typical fruit of southern Chile for Kunstmann Heidelbeere specialty.
Our craft beer spirit motivates us to constantly experiment, making it a good platform to look for innovative experiences and keep trying new local ingredients.
Our “Electric Bicycle Recharge Terminal” in Valdivia is already in operation, which makes us the first non-electric company in our country to develop sustainable project of this magnitude.
This innovative station is part of our sustainability plan, which seeks to benefit workers, Valdivian community and fans who visit us at La Cervecería. Here you can recharge, free of charge, electric bicycles, cell phones and low consumption electronic objects. It has 12 solar panels, which capture the energy and transmit it to a lithium battery, which stores energy of 7,200 watts / hour.
This initiative began in mid-2017, when we made available to all our employees of rechargeable motor bicycles based on electric energy, so they could move to their workplace and within the city, with the least impact on the environment.
In 2017, after fulfilling the dream of arriving in Easter Island with our schop format specialties, we have taken care of environment and preserve environmental heritage of Rapa Nui.
Therefore, last year the Easter community received donation of recyclable waste collection truck, to support community work and collaborate in transport of dozens of tons of garbage generated annually on the Island.
This action is allowing inhabitants to be more effective in removing domestic waste from houses and from the seven clean points disposed in the commune. Collected material is taken to ORITO recycling collection site, in charge of processing and deliver to final disposal.
We feel fortunate to have one of the purest finite resources in the world, water of Patagonia. Together with the essence of Valdivian jungle land, it allows us to make unique specialties, since each beer is composed of between 90 and 93% of Valdivian soft water.
Given the importance, we currently remain under the minimum world class rank in the use of water for brewing (six liters), reaching only 3.9 liters of water to produce 1,000 ml of each specialty.
In addition, two water recovery systems were implemented for the least impact to ecosystem. For example, water for rinsing bottles is reused in filling fire network, truck washing, etc. Permanent checking and maintenance are carried out to avoid leaks, 10% recycled.
In addition to taking care of waste produced during our specialties preparation process, we also seek to reduce impact we generate upon reaching each of you. Therefore, we join the initiative led by Cristalerias Chile and implemented Ecoglass technology to all our 330cc bottles.
It means each of them is 14% lighter containing 25% recycled glass, allowing saving about 420 tons of glass per year. We can assure differences are almost imperceptible, and as bottles are lighter, containers are filled with higher volume decreasing emission of carbon both for production and transport.
We are proud to tell you about our new RILES (Waste water residues) treatment plant, which allows cleaning and decontaminating liquids resulting from brewing, so they can be returned to environment in same or even better conditions.
For the elaboration of specialties, we use soft water from deep wells located at the brewery, which is essential to provide quality products. Therefore, we have one of the most modern plants in South America, with capacity to process up to 600m3 per day, reflecting our commitment to the care of this resource and sustainable management.