Is bottle lightweighting really such a heavyweight issue?

19 October, 2007

Q There's a lot of talk about switching to lightweight wine bottles, but is there any evidence that they actually make any difference to the environment?

A There is. According to a report by the Waste & Resources Action Programme, the average weight of a wine bottle is 502g and the lightest on the market is 300g. If all bottles were to move to the lightweight format, WRAP calculates that CO2 emissions for wine being shipped to the UK from Australia would fall by 30 per cent. Switching to a 400g bottle would cut emissions by 13 per cent.

WRAP is just as keen on bulk shipping of wine. "The use of ISO tanks and flexitanks for bulk transporting wine instead of importing in bottles can reduce emissions by a third," it claims.




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