Sustainability

Sustainability can be very broad, but it doesn’t have to be. Here at BearWaters, we try and make sustainable decisions in a more micro way. For us, it is about what kind of small things we can do that make a huge difference. Here we want to focus on reducing and reusing to increase our value and reduce our footprint. We are focused on maintaining areas of sustainability that we believe are very important to the environment, the community, and the world.

The Great Outdoors

BearWaters understands that North Carolina is a great state for outdoor activities. We want to focus on encouraging everyone to experience what WNC has to offer. Near each of our locations, there are many outdoor experience opportunities. Here are a few places near each of our locations that can help you experience outdoor WNC.

Creekside Maggie Valley

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • The Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Cataloochee Ski Resort

Riverside Canton

  • Pigeon River Outfitters

  • Middle Prong Wilderness Hiking

  • Berm Park Mountain Bike Trails

Repurposing and Reusing

At BearWaters we are committed to repurposing and reusing We have taken a hard look at our waste and decided to rethink it before we throw it away. Below is a list of what we are repurposing so far:

  • Reusing water

  • Repurposing grain bags

  • Repurposing beer waste

  • Repurposing cardboard

  • Repurposing pallets

  • Repurposing wood and building materials

  • Repurposing 55-gallon drums

Other Sustainability Efforts

  • Using spent grain in house

  • Donating spent grain to local farms to use as cattle feed

  • All of our bottling and labeling is done in-house.

Supporting Locally

Haywood County is a "Headwaters County," meaning all of our water originates here and nothing in. That gives the county's residents sole responsibility for the stewardship of their waterways. Haywood Waterways works to protect and conserve our unique and critical water resources by focusing on the reduction of non-point source pollution through public education, community engagement, and restoring degraded streams.

For more information, visit them at: www.HaywoodWaterways.org

HAYWOOD WATERWAYS ASSOCIATION

APPALACHIAN BEAR RESCUE

Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR) is a black bear rescue facility located just outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Townsend, Tennessee. ABR is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that has been returning black bears back to the wild since 1996. Each year black bears from our national parks and surrounding areas are orphaned, injured, or in need of medical care. Thanks to ABR, these bears are given a second chance at life in the wild.

For more information, visit them at: www.AppalachianBearRescue.org

BIG BROTHERS

BIG SISTERS

Big Brothers Big Sisters selects and matches mentors with children facing adversity and provides ongoing activities, training and support services for both families and volunteers. When matched with their Big, Littles gain a role model, a friend and access to brand new experiences through which they build higher aspirations. Over the past 35 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC has served over 14,000 children.

For more information, visit them at: http://www.bbbs.org/