Red Wine, White Wine, or Green Wine?

Who doesn’t remember those college days of cheap beer and boxed wine? Looking for greener ways to consume wine and beer?

Well, it turns out that those college educations may have been working because drinking from the box has way more environmental benefits than the bottle. Don’t worry! I’m not asking everyone to give up their dark Merlots or vintage Pinot Grigio for a box of Franzia, but there are some boxed alternatives for even the most inflexible, deeply rooted wine connoisseurs.  The days of the classic wine bottle may be numbered!  

Think about all those discarded wine bottles heading for the landfill, incinerator, or recycling plant.   If they’re luck enough to fall into the recycling stream (50-50) these bottles are ground up, remelted and made into something else – all of which requires more fossil fuel and creates even more greenhouse gas.

Better Wines, Better World, a company that prides itself on high quality wine in innovative packaging, their wines have many environmental, economic and even flavor benefits that bottled wine just can’t compete with on your taste buds.

  • Boxed wine eliminates the waste that comes from a single-serving bottle. It seals in flavor through the bag. Bag-in-box (BIB) packaging, as they call it, keeps wine fresh for up to 6 weeks no matter how many times it has been opened. After every use, air is pushed out of the bag keeping the wine tightly sealed inside. This is both an environmental benefit and an economic one.
  • BIB wine has about half the carbon footprint of a regular bottled wine with 85% less packaging waste (consider the heavy glass bottle, the label, cardboard box shipping etc).
  • According to their calculations, 99% of US wine packaging is bottled. If all these bottles were switched to BIB, it would save 1.5 million tons of CO2 waste per year – similar to taking 250,000 cars off the road.

So tap into your inner college kid and get your favorite wines boxed. Reduce your carbon footprint and save some money. Cheers!

Bottom-line, buy the largest container you can rationalize.  The larger the bottle, the less packaging per unit of consumable product.  Those large wine bottles save a lot of glass.   And Frat Boys, keep buying kegs instead of cases for your big parties. Kegs are much, much more environmentally friendly.

P.S. You can check out the 14 premium wines that Better Wines, Better World sells under “wine brands”

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About the author

Samantha Frapart

Samantha was the first staff writer at Green Blizzard, way back during the start-up phase, and has written a series of fresh and spirited articles from the millennial's perspective. Samantha's portfolio of green living tips ranges from green apartment living, urban transportation options, green underwear choices, re-usable coffee cups, bathroom habits, and even…. drinking straws.