Packaging the Future: Is Boxed or Bottled Wine Better for the Earth?
Photo by Robert S. Donovan
However, box wine isn’t perfect. Boxes are not good for aging wines, so vintages that you want to keep for years in the basement aren’t going to fare well in a box. But frankly, not a lot of wine is aged – the vast majority is consumed within a year or so of its production. The biggest advantage that glass bottles have (aside from tradition) is that they are easily recyclable. While Tetra Paks (what most new ‘box’ wines is packaged in) can be recycled (and they are to a higher degree in Europe), here in the United States we are far behind and aren’t able to easily recycle them (though plenty of communties do – check yours here).
However when you consider the energy it takes to melt and transport glass for recycling, even if you don’t recycle the Tetra Pak, the energy savings alone make up for the (fairly low-volume) landfill use.
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