This April, Ale-8-One is celebrating Earth Day in several fourth and fifth grade classrooms in Madison and Montgomery counties. Between April 9 and 16, Ale-8 representatives are visiting six schools, including Camargo Elementary, Mapleton Elementary, Mt. Sterling Elementary, Montgomery County Intermediate School, Shannon Johnson Elementary and White Hall Elementary, to talk about what students can do at home, in their communities and in schools to respect the Earth and make it a healthy place to live, not just on April 22, but every day. Ale-8 will also discuss its environmental focus as a company for the past 92 years, including its famous longneck returnable glass bottles.
In addition to their presentation, Ale-8 is hosting an Earth Day poster contest with these students. The winning classroom in each county will be awarded a pizza and Ale-8 lunch. Winning poster entries will be announced May 4.
“We are a company that has long demonstrated respect for the environment – from our longneck returnable green bottles to the glass bottles and aluminum cans we recycle,” said Ale-8-One chief operating officer and president Ellen McGeeney. “Earth Day’s focus is reducing, re-using and recycling. While cans, plastics and non-deposit glass containers are typically recycled, Ale-8 is the only Kentucky company to have returnable, reusable bottles. In addition, we are proud members of the 1% for the Planet family and donate one percent of sales from our 16-ounce cans and longneck returnables to local environmental groups working in the Red River Gorge. We want to do all we can to have young students thinking about what they can do to keep the Earth a healthier place.”
Ale-8-One has been bottled in green glass in Winchester, Kentucky, since 1926. The only soft drink invented in Kentucky still in existence, Ale-8’s proprietary blend is flavored with real ginger and citrus, and contains less carbonation and fewer calories than conventional sodas. The company’s founder and inventor G.L. Wainscott developed the recipe. To this day, the company continues to be independent, locally owned and family operated by Wainscott’s great-great nephew, Fielding Rogers. Ale-8 is available nationwide online, at all Cracker Barrel, Fresh Market and Harris Teeter stores, select grocery stores and Kroger throughout the Southeast.