sip to the earth with absolut america

This summer, we are changing the way we party as Planet Earth's Favorite Vodka with our limited edition Absolut America bottle.

Meet Max! Max is a zero-waste chef and sustainability advocate, and he's going to show you the ins-and-outs of having the most Earth-friendly party. Read his tips below and follow him on Instagram @maxlamanna.

Tip #1: Straws Suck

Straws suck, literally. Straws can't be recycled and end up being a never-ending stream of waste. Every day, Americans go through 500 million plastic straws - don't be a statistic and say no to straws! Want to enjoy your drink in fashion? Use a steel or bamboo straw. Check out FinalStraw at, for sipping sustainably on-the-go.

Tip #2: Ditch the Cling

Cling film for wrapping your leftovers ends up only being used once and sent to landfill. It’s also a non-recyclable item. Ditch the cling and bring your own container with you to store leftovers. By doing so, you also reduce food waste and save money!

Tip #3: Don't Waste Your Citrus Peels

There's multiple uses for these unwanted treasures. Here’s my favorite way to utilize those citrus peels:

  • Add your peels to a baking tray and bake in an oven at 200°F for 8-10 minutes.
  • Next, transfer your dried peels to a blender and add a 1-2 teaspoons of salt and mix well.
  • Add this leftover citrus salt to the rim of your drink - YUM!


Tip #4: Less Waste

Plastic cutlery is a hard-to-recycle material. Bring your own cutlery with you from home or have your zero-waste bamboo kit with you. For more info on how to reduce single-use plastic, visit

Tip #5: Goodbye Plastic Cups

Forget about the plastic cups this summer! Bring your own mason jar with you. Not thirsty anymore? You can also put the lid back on it to save for later.

Tip #6: Planet or Plastic

Plastic and paper plates end up being wasted and become hard to hold your food on. So bring your own bowl or plate with you for endless uses to help eliminate waste!

Tip #7: What About Those Herbs

Leftover herb stems? Easily create a sweet and herbaceous syrup with this simple and easy recipe:

  • Add your chopped herb stems to 1 part water and 1 part sugar in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Allow the liquid to cool then transfer to a blender and mix on a high speed for 1 minute.
  • Strain your liquid and you're left with a no-waste herb stem syrup for your next cocktail.

Tip #8: BYOB

‘Bring your own bag’ - Skip out on the plastic bags in the produce and fruit section and opt for a tote bag instead. Did you know, the average plastic bag has a lifespan of 12 minutes and is used only once?

See how we are taking steps to make as little impact on the environment as possible to become Planet Earth's Favorite Vodka.