The forward thinking company GreenBottle has been producing and selling a paper-based milk bottle for the past few years, but has recently toyed with making a paper wine bottle! We all know wine is delicious, but it often comes from far away places (South Africa, Australia, South America, Europe) and is shipped in very heavy glass bottles. And even though these bottles can be reused and recycled, many still end up in landfill. GreenBottle has a great solution that is part recyclable, and part compostable:
The revolutionary packaging is made of paper with a thin plastic lining. The paper outer shell is compostable and biodegradable. It will break down naturally when disposed of on a compost heap and can be recycled up to seven times. On the compost heap, it will only take a few weeks to decompose.
The inner liner is made of recycled plastic. It can be recycled along with other plastics in the weekly recycling collection. It takes up less than 0.5% of the space of a plastic bottle if dumped in a landfill.
Although the GreenBottle wine bottle isn’t quite at production stage, you can still make more sustainable choices at the beer or liquor store: choose locally produced craft beers and wine made from locally grown grapes. There are even some good wines sold in Tetra Packs (like this one) that have many of the same benefits of the GreenBottle wine bottle – don’t let the conventions of glass bottles deter you from trying something new!
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