Sustainable Work Life Balance: Koskenkorva Vodka

Sustainability is defined as “the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level” and at Green.Org we believe this extends beyond just a sustainable planet to our lives as individuals. In order for humans to be able to make changes to our lives that have an actual effect on the planet – making healthy lifestyle changes, voting, investing in sustainable companies, buying cleantech products, we need to first be able to manage our mental health, our physical health, our financial health, and our work health. We sat down with Mikael Karttunen, Brand Ambassador for Koskenkorva, to learn how he was about to find a sustainable work life balance.

Work Life Balance

Koskenkorva Vodka is a name brand vodka company in Scandinavia, and is quickly growing in popularity in the United States and the rest of the world. In addition to the quality of their alcohol, one of the biggest reasons they have gained a cult following is their dedication to being an environmentally friendly and sustainable company, getting named the #1 Green Company in 2018. One of Mikael’s favorite things about working at Koskenkorva is their focus on maintaining a work life balance. At Koskenkorva, they believe in having fun, having the ability to travel, and also work hard at a company where you believe in the product.

Koskenkorva – Sustainability is Engrained in the DNA of the company

In the village of Koskenkorva, they are forerunners of the circular economy. The Koskenkorva distillery runs mostly on bioenergy generated by their own bioenergy power plant, they use 100% of every single barley grain, their recycling and reutilization rate is 99.9% and they have managed to reduce our CO2 emissions by 50%. In the beverage industry, an Oceana study finds that as many as 34 billion plastic bottles produced by soft drink industry enter the ocean each year; just a 10% increase in refillables can reduce ocean PET plastic pollution by up to 7.6 billion bottles.

Listen To The Full Koskenkorva Podcast episode on The Green Podcast

Mikael Karttunen was featured on The Green Podcast to dive deeper into his experience working at Koskenkorva, and the value they place on work life balance. Listen to the full episode below.

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