17 Nov '11, 12pm

Fact: A paper wine bottle has 10% the carbon footprint of a glass one. But will people actually use it?

Fact: A paper wine bottle has 10% the carbon footprint of a glass one. But will people actually use it?

Photo: Flickr/Claudio Matsuoka The wine industry has toyed with many approaches to make their product’s packaging more eco-friendly – replacing natural corks with plastic alternatives to save trees, using wine boxes to cut down on transportation pollution and washing and refilling glass wine bottles . Now British company GreenBottle has developed a paper wine bottle, which it says shrinks the bottle’s carbon footprint and is compostable at the end of its useful life, The Guardian reported. While a typical glass wine bottle weighs about 1 pound, GreenBottle’s paper bottle weighs less than 2 ounces, so shipping this lightweight product will produce fewer carbon emissions than transporting heavy glass bottles. The carbon footprint of the paper bottle is also 10 percent of a glass bottle’s, the paper said. READ: What’s the Deal With Tree-Free Chardonnay? Though the paper bottl...

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