Packaging the Future: Is Boxed or Bottled Wine Better for the Earth?
While some businesses have been ‘light-weighting’ bottles in recent years, wineries have been slow to adapt to this trend, though it can result in a compromise, with glass bottles that are 12-28% lighter than their conventional counterparts. As reported by Wine Business magazine, Fetzer Wineyards in California benefits from, “…a 14 percent reduced carbon footprint (a measure of the impact activities have on the environment). Lightening their 750mL bottles by 3.3 ounces (from 20.3 oz. to 17 oz.) will reduce their yearly glass usage by 16 percent, totaling more than 2,100 tons of glass.”
But when it comes to the weight game, boxed wine end up being tons lighter — literally — than even the lighter glass bottles. As Yellow + Blue wine’s website details: “Consider: A case of wine in glass weighs 40 pounds and holds 9 liters of wine — close to 50% wine and 50% packaging. A case of Yellow+Blue weighs 26 pounds and holds 12 liters of certified organic wine. That’s 93% wine and 7% packaging.”
Box wine is also easily closeable and keepable – which might help you keep from drinking the whole thing! And some of the box designs will actually keep wine fresher, longer, with special seals and collapsable interiors.
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