Astral Tequila’s sustainability initiative
We upcycle our distillation waste into adobe bricks. Rather than dispose of our tequila production waste in landfills, the team, overseen by Civil Engineer Martha Jiménez Cardoso, combines spent agave fibers (bagazo) with earth and liquid runoff from distillation (vinasa) to create Adobe bricks.
The wet molds of compost are then laid out in the sun to dry, yielding a brick that’s then used in construction.
For every bottle of Astral Tequila produced, The Adobe Brick Project is able to create approximately two adobe bricks.
We have partnered with Habitat for Humanity Mexico, our partner organization that will be building ten homes for the Jalisco, Mexico community in 2023. Construction will be completed in the Summer of 2023.
Habitat for Humanity Mexico envisions a world in which everyone has a suitable home. Founded in 1989, Habitat for Humanity Mexico is a non-profit civil society organization that promotes the recognition of housing as a fundamental human right, develops communities, mobilizes public and private resources, and calls on volunteers and allies to make access to adequate housing possible for low-income families.
We are proud to partner with this organization who has helped over 345,000 people find a place to call home.
Martha Jiménez Cardoso, Director of Sustainability, is from Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec Mixe, Oaxaca and graduated from the Oaxaca University of Technology with a Degree in Civil Engineering.
She oversees The Adobe Brick Project and works alongside Greenloop, Habitat for Humanity Mexico, Grupo Solave, and the Mezcal Institute in order to brighten communities in Jalisco, Mexico.
“I’m incredibly proud to lead this ongoing initiative with Astral Tequila that provides materials for adobe bricks used to create housing and reduce landfill waste in our community.” – Martha Jiménez Cardoso