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This Japanese pub is made out of 100% recycled materials

Bottles of beer are transported on a belt at 'Kloster Andechs' brewery in Andechs near Munich, Germany, April 19, 2016. Germany this year marks 500 years of the so-called Reinheitsgebot (purity law), introduced in Bavaria in 1516 to limit the ingredients used in the beer production to hops, barley and water.  REUTERS/Michaela Rehle - LR1EC4J12KUIP

This brewery is built from recycled materials, including its facade, which is made from reclaimed double-pane windows. Image: REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

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The town of Kamikatsu is located in the Tokushima prefecture in Japan, and is known for its successful commitment to zero waste living. According to Business Insider, residents sort their waste into 34 categories at the town's waste center, a pretty tedious task that took some time to adjust to. But it has worked out so well for the citizens of Kamikatsu that they've extended their zero waste ethos into the brewing business.

Treehugger reports on the birth of the Kamikatz Public House, one of several community-oriented buildings in the town, built by architecture firm Hiroshi Hakamura & NAP. The brewery is also a pub that sells general supplies and food to local residents (and lucky tourists). It is largely built from recycled materials, including its facade, which is made from reclaimed double-pane windows.

The firm made an effort to reclaim pieces of the town itself to create the interior and exterior of the building, lining the walls with newspapers, using tiles from other buildings, and creating a custom chandelier from bottles salvaged from the area. In a statement, they refer to the declining population of Kamikatsu, but also its enduring values:

"We gathered windows that illuminated the town in the past and dedicated our wish that they would serve as a lantern of hope to shine upon the town struggling with a declining population. The space is full of improvisation and discoveries with this creative combination of waste material for this architecture. The locals who gather at this pub are beginning to truly realize that their actions are fun and creative."

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Rise & Win Brewing is just one of the latest to join the craft beer boom in Japan. Though craft breweries have long been trendy in the U.S., Japan's only recently taken interest in the industry over the past few years. And although they're relatively new at it, they're experiencing huge success. Osaka’s Minoh Brewerywon the World’s Best Imperial IPA award in 2013. The Coedo Brewery in Kawagoe won a silver in the “American-style amber lager” category at the 2014 World Beer Cup.

Rise & Win Brewing's eco-conscious twist makes it a little more unique and could bring a tourism boon to Kamikatsu, which has already put itself on the map with its careful stewardship of resources. You can watch more about how they do it here:

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Or visit the town yourself and have a beer.

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