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Glassrite: 35,000 tonnes of carbon emissions saved

The Glassrite project for wine bottles has saved almost 35,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year thanks to a combination of packaging developments and bulk importing since its set up four years ago.
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The Glassrite project for wine bottles has saved almost 35,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year thanks to a combination of packaging developments and bulk importing since its set up four years ago. Wrap launched Glassrite in 2006 to examine potential environmental and commercial savings in the wine sector and it hopes to build on the project both in the UK and internationally by means of bulk importing of wine for bottling in the UK. Nicola Jenkin, Wrap“s drinks market key account manager, said: “We know that huge opportunities exist to use more lighter weight bottles and increase the use of recycled content in UK manufactured glass bottles. “This is what will achieve a more resource efficient international wine supply chain.” Jenkin highlighted the work done to produce a 300g screwcap bottle, as well as the research to introduce lightweighting to sparkling wines. “Internationally, almost 175,000 tonnes of glass savings could be made through using lighter weight bottles that are still fit for purpose,” she said.

 

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