Seven Devils Brewing Co. is creating sustainable business by going green

Carmen Matthews, owner of Seven Devils Brewing Co., June 12, 2018. (SBG)

COOS COUNTY, Ore. - The go-green effort is getting stronger as more businesses try to reduce their carbon footprint along the Oregon Coast.

Seven Devils Brewery is known for serving local brews and other drinks, and what the owner calls a simple way to continue their sustainable business effort. Their mission is simple.

"To create products through socially, ethically and environmentally responsible practices," said Carmen Matthews, with Seven Devils Brewing Company.

They're making this possible with biodegradable paper straws. Aardvark, a company specializing in paper straws, charges a penny for for each straw than plastic straws, but Matthews says that the benefits outweigh the cost.

"It's not a small amount, but in terms of reducing that cost by just reducing the amount that goes out, it totally washed out," said Matthews.

They hand out straws, but request only, but hope to see the idea of sustainability grow. Companies including SeaWorld, Starbucks and Ikea are getting rid of plastic packaging as well.

"When you have people out there talking about what you're trying to do, they feel like they're a part of it because they're trying to support you," said Matthews. "That has an economic effect, that for us has been very positive."

Seven Devils offers a charge port for electric cars, a piping system to collect rainwater from the roof top that is distributed into a garden and 40 solar panels. All of this is part of their effort to increase their sustainable business practices.

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