What will The Society be doing around packaging?
The glass bottle itself contributes a significant amount (in the region of 29%) to the overall carbon footprint of a bottle of wine. Tackling this issue is complex, particularly as glass remains the container of choice for wines destined for ageing. That said, we are working to reduce the weight of bottles across our range – ‘right-weighting’ to ensure they are light as possible without sacrificing the durability necessary to get them to your table. We are also keenly following British Glass’ plans to develop a more environmentally friendly furnace that will reduce CO2 from bottle production by 50%. We are exploring alternative packaging formats including bag-in-box wines, cans, ‘paper’ bottles and PET to see what might work for wines intended for drinking in a shorter period. We plan to run trials of some of these and will be asking members for feedback.
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