Ilegal Mezcal Shifts to 100% Recycled Glass Bottles


April 4, 2022

Ilegal Mezcal announced it will further its commitment to an eco-friendly foundation and future by shifting to bottles made with 100% recycled glass.

The recent global glass shortage has impacted the spirits supply chain worldwide. Ilegal suddenly found themselves with no access to the bottles the brand had used for years. What could have thrown off production, however, ended up a silver lining..

All Ilegal Mezcal bottles will now be made by a family-run company that recycles 10,000 tons of glass each year at its facility in Jalisco, Mexico. Fusion y Formas’ production process emits less CO2 emissions and saves energy during the smelting process, since recycled glass is more malleable. Compared to newly-made bottles, those at Fusion y Formas require about 30% less energy to create.

Since Ilegal is independent, founder John Rexer was able to quickly pivot to a sustainable solution: a brief meeting between Ilegal founder John Rexer and Fusion y Formas Director Andrés Hernández Romo sealed the partnership deal.

“We measure success at Ilegal not just by cases sold, but also by our partners and environmental initiatives we can enact. We share the same vision with Fusion y Formas to build sustainably and scale responsibly, while maintaining quality above all else,” Rexer said in a news release.

“My family has long taken glass that would otherwise go to a landfill and crafted it into bottles and more, with the goal of minimizing waste,” said Romo. “I enjoy Ilegal Mezcal and am happy to help move them to bottles that are better for the environment.”

Using only fully mature 100% sustainable espadín agave, Ilegal’s mezcal contains no artificial colors, yeasts, flavors, or additives. Wastewater at the distillery is treated and then re-used for distillation, and agave fiber waste is transformed into adobe style bricks used at the facility.

The recycled bottles – available in 375ml and 750ml sizes – enter the market this month. More information on Ilegal Mezcal can be found here.