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Is Sapling an ethical spirits brand?

Made exclusively in the United Kingdom, Sapling is one of The Good Shopping Guide’s top-rated vodka brands within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Spirits sector.

As a result, Sapling is eligible for Ethical Accreditation. In order to be awarded our prestigious Ethical Mark, all it needs to do is apply so that we can provide it with an assessment and some tips on how to make some minor improvements.

To see how other brands compare against Sapling, you can visit the Spirits Ethical Ratings Table. Our Ratings Table can help you to find out more about the criteria that a brand has to meet to achieve meeting our minimum Ethical Benchmark.

The Good Shopping Guide encourages all brands to follow the example set by our top-rated brands such as Sapling and introduce more ethical policies.

What does Sapling receive a top rating for?

As a highly rated brand, Sapling has a top score in most of our categories. However, we are especially impressed with its top score for its Environmental Report.

On its website, Sapling has a ‘Climate Positive’ page which discusses its plan to plant one million trees by 2027 and how they donate to reforestation initiatives. The page also mentions its sustainable packaging commitments such as the use of eco-boxes and 100% recycled glass bottles.

Is Sapling organic?

Unfortunately, Sapling receives a bottom score for our Organic research category as it does not manufacture any organic products yet.

What can Sapling do to improve its score? 

Sapling’s high score within The Good Shopping Guide is the outcome of a calculation of multiple ethical criteria.

As it already has an above benchmark score in the Ethical Spirits sector all Sapling needs to do to receive our Ethical Mark is apply for Ethical Accreditation. By applying, Sapling would receive some tips on how to work on its bottom scores and would be able to proudly display our ethics and sustainability certification.

Did you know that your brand could benefit from Ethical Accreditation? The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables can show you which other brands within the Ethical Spirits sector have achieved our ethics and sustainability certification. If you would like more information on how your company can cut through the greenwash, get in touch or fill out a rapid initial sustainability assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


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GSG category benchmark


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  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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