1. Punch out the circle on the front of the box and pull up on the perforated tab.
2. Reach into the box and pull the spout out through the hole. Don't worry, it won't bite.
3. Push the perforated tab back down behind the spout to lock it into place. You can twist the spout if it got flipped upside down during shipping.
4. Remove the red piece of plastic to unlock the spout.
5. Celebrate with a glass of the first boxed wine you actually want to drink. You earned it!
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Plus, boxed wine is way better for the environment. It has about 50% the carbon footprint of wine delivered in bottles, even with the plastic bag inside.
Finally, recyclable boxes and food-grade plastic bags are a whole lot less expensive to produce and ship than bottles and corks, meaning we can invest more in the quality of the wine and less on that unimportant stuff.
The 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!