Vodka company uses ink from hate signs to create new bottle label in support of LGBT+ community

To celebrate LGBT+ History Month, a vodka company has taken ink used in hate signs from around the world to create a new limited edition bottle to celebrate the power that "love has for making a real difference in the world".

Published 15th Feb 2019
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Absolut say that they travelled to anti-LGBT+ and racist protests around the world, where they collected ink from the hate signs and placards to create the art work for their limited edition Absolut Drop bottle.

Using innovative technologies, Absolut say they extracted the ink from the signage and utilised it in the production of the Absolut Drop bottle artwork.

Each of the bottles feature a drop of ink from the signs within the mint and pink bottle outlines, changing the intended negative message into something positive and "spreading love through action".

The bottle design is emblazoned with the word love in multiple languages to represent love having no borders, and the UK version of the bottle also features a rainbow heart in honour of the LGBT+ community, reading: ‘Taking Pride in Diversity’.

Ink is not the only element that has been repurposed; as the bottle has also been made using 70 per cent recycled glass including recycled glass from previous limited edition bottles.

The brand say the brilliance of the bottle colour is the result of using cobalt colored glass instead of using coating or any other type of decoration.

Colouring the glass meant that Absolut could maximise the amount of recycled glass content in the bottle, without having to worry about discolouration

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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