Sustainability has always been at the core of Papillon. Right from the start we have had strong conservation links and looked closely at our distillery practices, ensuring minimum waste and using green power options. There is always more to be done and it’s exciting to explore new technologies and products that can help us improve our impact on the planet. Suggestions are gratefully received.
We are committed to donating 2% of our revenues or more to charitable partners each year (including in kind product donations).
1% from all sales (except Carabus) is donated to Butterfly Conservation to help save four nationally threatened species of fritillary butterfly; Pearl-bordered, Small Pearl-bordered, Marsh and High Brown. They are some of Britain’s rarest butterflies that have a stronghold on Dartmoor.
Claire donates her time through monitoring and surveying Pearl-bordered fritillaries on sites close to Moretonhampstead on Dartmoor.
The Papillon team are involved in the Green Recovery of the Marsh Fritillary project. Volunteer days have involved scrub clearance, caterpillar web surveys and butterfly monitoring.
£2 from every 70cl bottle of Carabus is donated to Buglife for their project to help protect the rare Blue Ground Beetle (Carabus Intricatus). It is estimated that Dartmoor is home to over 80% of the UK Blue Ground Beetle population. Read more about the beetle in our News section.
Our distillery is powered through Good Energy. This company uses 100% UK generated renewable electricity.
All of our spent botanicals are converted into green energy and a nutrient rich fertiliser through Andigestion’s local Holsworthy Biogas Plant.
All cardboard, plastic and glass is recycled and our delivery boxes are returned from our retailers and reused.
We are a Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Champion.
The tamper seals on our bottles are made from cellulose, can be composted and do not require heat to shrink.
All online sales are delivered in recyclable cardboard packaging
Our gift boxes are made from recyclable cardboard packaging. All components are sourced from Devon businesses. A truly local gift box.
The Bottle Shop in Moretonhampstead offers refills of our gin.
Here’s how it works: Take along any 70cl spirits bottle that has been cleaned at home. At the shop choose Papillon or Carabus and hand your bottle over to be filled. The Bottle Shop apply our paper based label onto the bottle along with a fresh duty stamp and… that’s that.
We work closely with another Devon gin distillery and offer a Moor to Sea pack. This includes a 70cl bottle of Papillon Gin, distilled on Dartmoor, and a 70cl bottle of Thunderflower Gin, distilled in Teignmouth by the sea.
In Autumn 2021 Claire contacted gin distilleries across Devon to bring them together in a Devon Gin Guide map. She co-ordinated and created a free leaflet that showcases the 16 gin distilleries that were keen to be part of the collaborative project.
In Autumn 2022 Claire contacted David Millar of the Never Strays Far podcast team (with Ned Boulting and Pete Kennaugh) to form a collaboration for a National Cyclocross Trophy event they were sponsoring at the Torbay Velo Park. A special edition gin and Never Strays Bar were created.
We have collaborated with Mid Devon Cycling Club to create a special edition gin for their sportive the Dartmoor Classic. £5 from every bottle is donated to Dartmoor charities and regional cycling.
At Papillon Dartmoor Distillery our mission is to distill high-quality, distinctive drinks that embody the spirit of Dartmoor, while also being committed to sustainability, positive social impact and provenance. We take pride in crafting our beverages in small batches to ensure exceptional taste and smoothness.
We are committed to donating 2% of our revenues or more to conservation or local charitable partners each year (including in kind product donations).
We are dedicated to practicing sustainable ethics in every aspect of our business, from sourcing eco-friendly packaging to minimising waste and using renewable energy. As a company that values integrity, we are transparent about our practices and strive to make a positive impact on the environment and our community. Our business is named for the Pearl-bordered fritillary, an endangered Dartmoor butterfly and we donate, financially and through volunteering, to a local Butterfly Conservation project that helps protect this species.
Treading lightly on our planet is at the core of all things Papillon.