In a 2008 poll of 150 wineries, over 50 percent declared that using environmentally-friendly packaging was a factor in their decision process of how to bottle wine.
The purpose of the study was to determine why wineries choose to use a certain type of packaging. While over 99 percent of wine is packaged in clear glass or green glass bottles, other options include PET plastic, aluminum and the famous “box of wine” in a mylar bag.
When the different packaging was rated on a 10-point scale, glass bottles scored over five points better on characteristics including “aesthetics of the packaging” and “ability to maintain flavor.”
The study was commissioned by Owens-Illinois, the largest manufacturer of glass containers in the world.
Trends in Wine Packaging
While there was no mention of what “environmentally-friendly” packaging meant to those wineries polled, here’s what some wineries have done to benefit the environment: