FAQs

We put together a list of some frequently asked questions, so you have all the information at your fingertips. Still have a question after reading? Feel free to send us a line at: info@52north.ca

We’re glad you asked! Birch Water actually contains no water, it’s 100% sap from a birch tree. In the spring when the birch tree thaws, we tap into the tree and sap drips out. The sap has the same viscosity as water, which is why it’s known as birch “water”.

Great question. It all really depends on what dietary restrictions you have. 52° North is proud to say that our beverages are produced in a nut free facility. Our products may also be consumed by those who are celiac, gluten free, and Kosher. Our Birch Water line is vegan friendly, however our Spruce Tip Tea does contain honey. As always, ask your doctor if you are unsure.

We ship to anywhere in Canada and the United States of America. 

Once an order is placed, our team will fulfill the order within 1-2 business days. From there Vancouver local packages will be received within 1-2 business days. All other locations within North America should arrive within 5-8 business days.

Great question, these pouches aren’t widely used so it can be tricky figuring out how to recycle them. Its quite simple, just like how you would recycle your cans and bottles you can bring them to a recycling depot or pop them into your blue bin for weekly recycling.

We recognize that in a perfect world, there would be zero waste. However, we believe that pouches are the way to go, as the energy requirements and CO2 emissions for Other Flexible Plastic Packaging are significantly lower than those of glass, rigid plastic, or even aluminum, therefore, less pollution. This is why we stand behind our packaging and will continually advocate for better and easier recycling routes for consumers to make easier decisions

Without getting too scientific, the original pH of the birch sap varies, but ranges from 5.0 - 5.20 however, we pasteurize the product and lower the pH to under 4.60 to meet Canadian regulations, which makes the product shelf stable.

The product is shelf stable, so it can sit in your pantry till the expiration date located on the bottom of the pouch. However, we think a chilled 52 North tastes best! Once the pouch has been opened, we recommend refrigerating and consuming the product within 3 days. 

Right here on our website! Or in select retailers, check out our Find Us page for more information.

No! The reason why we love birch sap as an alternative for coconut water is that it’s sustainable and found right in our backyard. We only take a fraction of the sap; the tree stays standing and healthy and the sap is renewed yearly! Mother Nature is quite impressive.

We tap our Birch Sap in a small town called Horsefly, in BC. It's located at the latitude of 52 degrees north, pretty neat!

Returns and exchanges

If you are unhappy with your order of 52° North, please reach out to us at info@52north.ca and share a bit about your experience with us, so we can make it right!