Boxed Wine: Eco-Friendly. Really?

Boxed Wine: Eco-Friendly. Really?

Stephanie Kinnear
Aug 19, 2008

Read a little tidbit this morning about boxed wine being more environmentally friendly than glass bottled wine.

We had a few thoughts. First: We'll admit that we don't mind Target's boxed wine, when we just want a simple glass to go with a spaghetti dinner.

But really? It's more eco-friendly than a bottle of wine?

These are the questionable reasons:
1) It keeps longer. We'll vouch for this one. We often throw away half-drunk bottles of vino, but usually finish a box of Target wine because it will keep for weeks. (However, there does seem to be way more packaging -- the plastic pouch, the plastic spout ...)

2) The shipping. From the article: "A standard wine bottle (holding 750 milliliters) that travels from a California vineyard to a New York store generates about 5.2 pounds of carbon-dioxide emissions, while a three-liter box generates only half the emissions per 750 milliliters."

We'll still buy boxed wine from time to time. However, we think the tastier and far greener way to consume wine is to buy something local, invite some friends over (to be sure nothing goes to waste), and then recycle the bottle.

What about you? Do you have a favorite boxed wine?

Via Keetsa

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