I love taking part in the weekly ‘Change the World Wednesday’ challenge set on Reduce Footprints.
With the festive season coming rapidly down the track, we were challenged to find the most eco friendly way to serve drinks this Christmas.
And what our host wrote surprised me.
She said “While boxed wine may not look classy, it is the most earth-friendly of wine packaging options.”
This got me investigating the wine shelves next time I was out.
I discovered that you can indeed buy wine in cardboard boxes – the wine itself is contained within a bag inside the cardboard box.
So I was intrigued to find out what the bag was made from.
I was imagining a thick polythene bag which could be recycled with the carrier bags in some supermarkets.
But sadly I was not in luck.
The bags inside these cardboard boxes looked like composite material; a bit like a large, thin crisp packet.
So I came home and did some more research and was excited to discover a You Tube video called “How To Recycle Boxed Wine Packaging / Bag-In-Box ”
I knew my answer was here.
The video is only 49 seconds long and involves separating the bag from the cardboard box, recycling the cardboard then recycling the bag.
Oh wait, did she mention you could recycle the bag where Number 7 recycling facilities exist?
Well that would be nowhere in the UK then…
So I contacted a manufacturer or boxed wine, who put this
un helpful information on their packaging:
Their response was even MORE unhelpful because they didn’t get back to me.
While boxed wine could be really eco friendly if we could recycle the bags, it looks like the UK may need to catch up.
I’ll hand it to the Co-Op, they seem to be giving a more honest picture about recycling the packaging from their boxed wines:
But there is another way to package wine which is lightweight, robust and easy to stack and transport due to its shape!
Did you know you could buy wine in Tetra Pak containers AND that these containers are easier to recycle than you might think?
Again, it might not be the prettiest of things to have on your dinner table, but apparently Jamie Oliver uses wine in Tetra Pak cartons in his restaurants around the country, so if it’s good enough for him…
At the moment 91% of UK local authorities offer carton recycling, while 60% of the total of local authorities collect cartons from peoples homes at the kerbside.
Don’t believe me? Click here or on the map below to find your local Tetra Pak recycling facility:
I urge you to try out the map. A few years ago there were no facilities near my home; now I have a bring bank just three miles away, so the map is worth coming back to again and again.
What about you – can you recycle Tetra Pak cartons locally and what do you think is the most eco friendly way to package wine?