Making & shipping heavy bottles has a big impact on the environment. Producing our recyclable box and food-grade bag uses less than half the energy as bottled wine.
The environmental impact is one of the biggest reasons we love boxed wine. Our boxed wines have about 50% the carbon footprint vs. four 750ml bottles of the same wine. This is primarily for two reasons:
- Glass is really heavy to ship, and the bottles are shipped several times before they reach you. In fact, a lot of glass bottles are made in China and shipped empty across the Pacific Ocean.
- It also takes a ton of energy and heat to make bottles -- over 2700 degrees worth. Our box and the plastic bag inside are lightweight and easy to produce, and you only need 1 of them for 4 bottles of wine!
Plus, our box is 100% recyclable, so when you're done, break it down and throw it in the recycling bin. The plastic bag inside is BPA-free and constructed using Polyethylene terephthalates (PET) and low density Polyethylene (PE) materials. These are sometimes recyclable as SPI 7, so check with your local municipality to make sure. It's contradictory, but when in doubt, err on the side of not recycling if you're not sure, as contamination is one of the leading causes of inefficiency in recycling.
Need more proof? According to the New York Times, switching to wine in a box for the 97% of wines that are made to be consumed within a year would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2 million tons. That's the same as removing 400,000 cars from the road!