Green Door Hand Sanitizer Project Update

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Dear Friends and Family,

The response from the community, both in demand for hand sanitizer as well as a desire to help, has been enormous. It is such a privilege to be a part of finding solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic with you all.

We wanted to reach-out with an update on our activities and progress. In the interest of time we are sending one, huge update with information that will apply to some of you, but may be redundant for others so please excuse any duplication in information or communication from us. Going forward, we do not plan to send out big emails like this regarding COVID-19 activities, but instead rely on those who want to stay informed to use the Green Door website and our Facebook page, which we will update regularly.

We appreciate you all. Together we’re Stronger!


The Green Door Team

Donations of Free Green Door Hand Sanitizer

Because of the generosity of many, many organizations and individuals we have been able to commit to donating 1,939 bottles of hand sanitizer to at-risk populations and professionals throughout the Kalamazoo area including

  • Meals on Wheels
  • Residential Opportunities, Inc.
  • Cares
  • 12 Baskets
  • Kalamazoo Area Schools
  • Family Health Center

We are a small business with limited resources, but we hope to continue to increase the number of donated bottles in the coming days with your help. The best way to support this effort, at the present time, is through monetary donations. If you would like to contribute please visit the Hand Sanitizer Project page of our website and scroll down to the middle of the page.


Purchasing Bottles of Hand Sanitizer

We have also been able to work through the logistics so that organizations and individuals can purchase bottles of hand sanitizer. However, due to process limitations we have had to put the following constraints on orders

  • Order minimums of 10 bottles or more
  • Purchasers need to pick-up their orders from Green Door’s Kalamazoo, MI production facility or make arrangements for shipping companies to do so for them.

Orders are coming in from hospitals, delivery and logistics companies, as well as every other type of organization you can think of.

Many of you have indicated a desire to purchase small quantities of bottles. Please know that we will continue to work towards reducing these limitations. Updates will be posted to our website and FB page.

For those of you who would like to place orders, please visit our online store.


Green Door Production Capacity Update

With the help of many throughout the community, we currently have enough bottles, spray tops, labels, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, glycerol, methane, and heptane on-hand to be able to produce approximately 6,000 bottles of hand sanitizer.  At the time of writing, we’ve received orders in excess of 11,500 bottles from organizations throughout the Kalamazoo community. However, this is truly a national shortage as we’ve been receiving inquiries from as far aways as Nevada, Texas, and New York. Our supply-chain team has been burning the candle at both ends and are excited to have found several sources of additional materials with our community’s support. Depending on delivery timelines, production speed should see significant increases next week.

At the time of writing, we have completed over 500 bottles with pickup notifications starting to go out. We have purposefully taken a methodical approach to putting our process in place for the safety of our team and the quality of our finished hand sanitizer. Now that things are rolling we are excited to attack the next week and make efficiency gains.

We are regularly updating the Production Needs section, found at the bottom of the linked page, on our website. If you would like to offer time, resources, or connections, please check back regularly as we will continue to make updates. We fully expect our needs to continue to shift in these unprecedented times.


How can I stay up-to-date?

We plan to move away from email updates in the interest of efficiency. Developments and updates will continue to be posted to the COVID-19 Related Updates page on the Green Door website as well as our Facebook page.

I’ve left voicemails, sent emails, and even Facebook messages, but no one gets back to me. Is there a better way to get your attention?

We are so sorry for the irregularity in our ability to respond. We are trying to keep up, but we are not prioritizing responses to inquiries at this time. The exceptions are to those who order hand sanitizer or from those who can offer donations, support, and expertise that helps us overcome obstacles. Please forgive us and know that we are doing our best. In the interests of everyone’s safety, please do not visit Green Door unless we have asked you to… Well, I guess an exception to that rule was yesterday when Dickey’s Barbeque Pit stopped by with some free chow. Thank you Dickey’s. And thank you #Kalamazoo.

Is there anything else the community can do to help right now?

Yes. If you are able, consider making a donation to our GoFundMe campaign that helps our Tasting Room’s bar staff continue to pay their bills while we remain closed to the public. Also, good news. We are now on a path to giving them hours that aren’t serving drinks, but instead producing hand sanitizer with a raise to try and offset their loss of tips.

What businesses and organizations can the community thank who have actively been supporting this effort?

Black Lab Five, Haviland, One Way Products, Allegra Portage, Damn Handsome Grooming Co., LISC Kalamazoo, and Bell’s Brewery have all been extremely generous and helpful with monetary as well as in-kind donations. Many have also supported us through their expertise in purchasing and sourcing materials. Please share any gratitude you feel towards Green Door with them. We have received generous offers of support from a long list of others who we currently do not need yet, but the encouragement such offers provide us are a huge boost. THANK YOU!!

Before you asked for volunteers to help make deliveries. What changed?

The short answer is, a lot. As we have gotten some days under our belt in this project, we realized that trying to coordinate delivery to dozens, and potentially hundreds, of locations was going to be too much for us to handle. At least from the start. That said, we plan to remain agile and make whatever improvements we can to ensure as much hand sanitizer gets to as many people’s hands as possible.

fm 106.5 WVFM Radio Interview with Green Door


Kim Carson, of Fm 106.5 WVFM, interviews Michael Jefferies, Green Door’s Head of Growth, on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected day-to-day operations at the distillery. Listen to the interview here.

WIN 98.5 Radio Interview on Green Door’s Shift to Producing Hand Sanitizer


Radio personality Kim Brixton interviews Green Door’s Head of Growth, Michael Jefferies. The conversation centers on the distillery’s decision to temporarily shift focus from craft spirits to the production of emergency supplies of hand sanitizer, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to the interview here.

WWMT News Channel 3 Story on Green Door


News Channel 3’s reporter Genevieve Grippo visited Green Door. She wanted to learn more about the Emergency Hand Sanitizer Project we have undertaken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch her story here.

Supporting our Hourly Tasting Room Staff

As many of you know, our bar staff rely on tips to supplement their personal incomes. We have offered them additional hours, at an increased hourly rate, to help us work on several internal projects during the closure. We have also connected them with government assistance that is available to them.
If any of you would like to help them personally, please consider making a donation via our GoFundMe campaign. The first $10,000 in donations will be matched by Green Door’s investment group and our founder, Josh Cook.

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MLive Article on Emergency Hand Sanitizer Project


Mlive reporter Kayla Miller files an article on Green Door’s emergency hand sanitizer project. Read the article here.

Green Door Emergency Hand Sanitizer Project

Order Green Door Hand Sanitizer

Before Ordering Please Read Carefully (last updated April 15, 2020)
  • Currently accepting orders for 4 oz spray bottles of hand sanitizer
  • Current price of $6 per bottle
  • Payment must be made with a credit/debit card or ACH bank transfer
  • We are not able to refund or cancel orders once invoices have been paid
  • Current order minimum of 100 bottles or more (We will try to bring this number down)
  • Orders must be picked up from Green Door’s Kalamazoo, MI production facility
  • Current fulfillment expectations are 7-14 days from receipt of payment to being ready for pick-up




Donate Free Hand Sanitizer for the Most Vulnerable

(last updated April 15, 2020)

As a distillery, we are able to make emergency supplies of hand sanitizer. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, individuals and non-profits, we have been able to donate just under 2,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to the at-risk professionals and populations in the Kalamazoo area including:

  • Family Health Center
  • Meals on Wheels
  • 12 Baskets
  • Residential Opportunities, Inc.
  • And Others

But, we’re a small business with limited resources.

If you would like to increase the supply of free hand sanitizer to those at-risk in the Kalamazoo area, consider making a donation.




Help to Keep Production Moving

As you can imagine, hand sanitizer has some ingredients that are a bit different from award-winning craft spirits. In just a few short days, orders for hand sanitizer surpassed our expectations. This, coupled with a scarcity of ingredients from our supply chain has us facing some challenges.

CURRENT NEEDS (last updated April 15, 2020)
  • Sources of beer or wort, also known as distiller’s beer, with ABV of 10% or higher, that can be donated or purchased.
  • Shipping companies that want to be placed on a publicly available short-list that companies and organizations can hire who cannot pick-up hand sanitizer orders themselves.

If you can help with any of these needs, please use this short CONTACT FORM and we will respond as we are able.


We are stronger together!

Here’s to sharing a drink with you all in the Tasting Room again soon.

The Green Door Team

Tasting Room Closure

By law, and for the safety of our staff and patrons, the Green Door tasting room is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure will last until at least March 31st, but that date will likely be extended based on what we’re hearing in the news.