“With Americans consuming four billion bottles of wine a year, shifting everyday drinking wines into PET bottles could strike a significant blow for the wine industry’s decarbonization.” – Michael Alberty, for the Oregonian.
PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate. It is the most common thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family and is used in fibres for clothing and carpets, containers for liquids and foods, and thermoforming for manufacturing, and for engineering resins.
PET does not contain BPA, phthalates, dioxins, lead, cadmium or endocrine disruptors. Its Strong and lightweight – really as thin of a barrier and as little packaging as you can possibly get! Its very easy to recycle – PET is the most recycled plastic in America and is reused over and over again to make clothing fibers, construction materials, other packaging materials, etc. They can be recycled in all curbsides recycling bins in America and Europe. Its highly sustainable – only of 1% of U.S. municipal solid waste is attributed to PET containers but if they do end in a landfill, they are able to be crushed very flat and are chemically inert so they don’t leach anything into the environment. All of this is very contrary to what we know about regular plastic!
Sustainability! Within the wine industry, we have, just like many other wineries, made great effort to produce wine in a sustainable way. In an effort to look closely and reduce our own carbon footprint we realized that the biggest factor of waste, the glass bottle, has had virtually no upgrade or change in centuries. Glass wine bottles are very heavy leading to a large carbon footprint in every step of the way – from their production to their transportation and their disposal. They are also fragile and require quite a bit of additional packaging to ensure safe transportation – leading to additional waste. As much as a winery can strive to put sustainable practices in place, experts estimate that upwards of 60 percent of the wine industry’s contributions to carbon emissions have to do with making and transporting glass bottles.
Not all plastics are created equal and PET is a highly advanced type that is safe, highly sustainable and reduces the carbon footprint of a single bottle of wine by 77%.
Nine out of ten bottles of wine are drunk immediately after purchase, so all that is really needed is some kind of light, short-term container to get wine to the consumer’s wine glass at home, producing a much more efficient process and one that leaves a much smaller carbon footprint than glass. After much research into eco-friendly and food-safe packaging options, we believe that the solution is the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) wine bottle. These bottles are also 90% lighter than glass bottles, 100% recyclable, and account for 77% less greenhouse gas emissions. Lightweight and shatterproof, they travel well and inexpensively!
Yep! The PET container has been safely used for many years and has undergone rigorous testing under U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines to ensure its safety as a food and beverage container suitable for storage and reuse.
Nope! PET plastic is chemically inert and will not react chemically with other substances. It also creates a strong barrier from the outside environment allowing little to no oxygen passthrough.
PET can be recycled in almost every recycling program! PET can be put in your home recycling bin, community drop-off or any recycling plant.
Absolutely! After we finish a wine bottle, we love to use them as water bottles! PET is an inert plastic and does not leach harmful amounts of materials into its contents, either when a beverage is stored unopened, or when bottles are refilled or frozen.
While it is unfortunate to have any sort of waste, PET packaging uses significantly less energy and natural resources during the manufacturing process compared to glass packaging production. Through modern advancements in manufacturing technology, PET bottles have been redesigned to be 30% lighter, reducing the amount of plastic used to make them.
Additionally, 100% of PET bottles can be recycled and are made into new products! That bottle’s got another life if you remember to recycle.