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Packaging the Future: Is Boxed or Bottled Wine Better for the Earth?

by , 07/10/11

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If you think boxed wine is all Franzia and their ilk, think again. Over the past few years I have gotten to try the “new” boxed wine produced by several companies, and it’s just as tasty as any other kind. Here are some standouts:

French Rabbit wines have been served at quite a few events I’ve gone to in recent years, and they are very (maybe too) drinkable and refreshing.

Yellow + Blue makes an line of organic wines that are very delicious and easy-to-drink. As an added bonus, the graphic container means I wouldn’t be embarassed to put it right on the table.

Boho Wines are from California, and everything from the taste of the beverage to the whimsical package reminds you. Due to the bag-in-box design, not only is a larger quantity of wine less expensive (a box that which contains the same volume as three bottles is $24), but it will last for six weeks in the fridge.

Akesson Vins, a Swedish vintner, wins the award for coolest package design. And the best part? They make single-serving ‘juice-box’ style wine containers! Just don’t get it mixed up with the Juicy-Juice for your kids’ lunchbox.

Thirsty for more? There’s lots of additional boxed wine recommendations in this roundup!

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packaging the future, green packaging, starre vartanStarre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick and author of The Eco-Chick Guide to Life (St. Martin’s Press). A green living expert, she contributes to The Huffington Post and Mother Nature Network (MNN.com)

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  1. Sunshine and Waves July 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Definitely 75 or 150 cl bottles with cork for vintage wines. Makes it possible to preserve the right taste over years to come.

    Definitely 500 cl aseptic cartons for non-vintage wines. Makes it easy to reduce and recycle packaging for fresh wines that are drank within 12 months or so from filling and can be stored at ambient temperature.

    Many areas already have well established recycling for glass and cartons among others so it’s rather easy move.

    As said earlier, one can also continue to reuse that glass decanter or carafe even if serving “only” non-vintage wine.

  2. MikeHimself July 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Not as simple as it seems. Some wines are shipped in tankers and bottled locally. Makes it difficult to do the calculations. Also, it could be argued that plastic liners do not bio-degrade and are therefore more polluting.
    So if you are really serious about this, you should make your own by fermenting locally grown fruit and re-use the bottles.

  3. Msgabc July 10, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I have no proof, but i really question your conclusion. As noted, tetrapaks are awesome for preservation and weight savings, but terrible for recycling and not-so-good when it comes to manufacturing. Glass otoh, if awesome for both manufacturing and recycling; weight issues seem managable when the wine is shipped via containerized freight.

    Personally i like the bag-in-a-box, i just wish you coild get higher quality wines in these packages.

  4. dpr July 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Or you could just not drink wine if it’s that big of a deal. TetraPaks are horrible for recycling.

    I have yet to find a drinkable wine in a box. Pretty design, yes. Good wine, notsomuch. I’ll stick with glass, and look down at people for other things. Like hard to read websites (cough cough cough) that have to many ads you can’t find the content.

  5. lazyreader July 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Be it box or bottle, there will always be a demand for fancy bottles. Not just the snobs but the purists of wine. I don’t drink alcohol at all but respect the history. Wine can last for centuries in a well sealed bottle, that’s what makes it valuable. And for the sophisticated, why not use the a decanter. Many tout the aesthetic value of using a decanter, especially one with an elegant design and made with clear glass, and believe that for all but the most fragile of wines that there is not much significant damage to the wine by decanting it.

    I just think it’s funny how France has such strict control over it’s wine industry. In France, government issues level of control to wine growers……………the grapes you can grow, what vineyards may grow it, all thanks to obsolete standards and practices. In California, people are entrepreneurs who are free to grow what they want, when they want, how they want. That’s why sales of wine in France have declined and sales in America and Australia and South Africa are growing. 90 percent of Americas wine comes from California; a changing trend now that New York, Maryland, Virginia, Missouri, and Washington have all taken an interest in vineyards with them growing new grape hybrids not even found in Europe.

  6. Jessica Dailey Jessica Dailey July 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I had no idea that it was more eco-friendly to get European wine on the East Coast rather than West Coast wine, due to the transportation emissions. Good to know!

  7. Yuka Yoneda Yuka Yoneda July 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Boxed wine = #winning. It’s an Inhabifave!

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