Whilst recycled plastic clothing is not that great due to releasing microfiber plastics in the washing machine, it’s good to use up waste plastic in other items, and wine bottles is one good choice. Garçon Wines has become the first company to turn on its head the way that wine bottles are made=.
Around 33 billion glass bottles are made each year, just to produce wine. We only have so much sand!
Although glass is an inert substance, the carbon footprint of a bottle of wine is mostly in the making of the glass bottle, especially if it’s then shipped around the world. And of course we have big issues with smashed glass bottles that cause injury to wildlife. This wine bottle is made from recycled plastic, in a unique flat shape. Neither the material nor shape affect wine quality (it can’t be used to house sparkling wine). But it means that the millions of people who buy wine can use up waste materials, and have a letterbox-friendly bottle too.
The bottles are designed with different colours so consumers know how to recycle them, and the caps are designed to also be easily recycled. The flat design also means lighter and easily transporting, for imported wines. The bottle is designed with a ‘tip angle’ (the same as the Leaning Tower of Pisa) so that an empty bottle remains stable on the surface, even if it’s accidentally knocked. Great if you like red wine, but have a cream carpet!
The Goodness Project sells one of their wines. Tempranillo is vegan-friendly with a deep purple colour, and notes of cherries and berries.