Noticed a piece about an aluminum wine bottle being used by the French winery named Volute, and thought it was an interesting follow up on my blog entry last week about aluminum beverage container recycling rates. Although we may question the overall rate of beverage container recycling and whether the rate is going in the right direction, there is no doubt that aluminum has the highest recycling rate.
I can’t speak to the quality of the wine, but the bottle raises some interesting environmental issues. As the company says,
“We chose aluminum not only because it brings qualities identical to glass in terms of compatibility with wine, but it also protects the wine from light, which accelerates the (bad) aging process. Our bottles are unbreakable, single-serve and lightweight . . . Aluminum is 100-percent recyclable . . . and results in significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to it lower weight.”
An aluminum bottle also has a lower carbon footprint than glass packaging, and chills 5 times faster than glass, requiring less energy.
They explain, “The Volute bottles are made of aluminum, which is recycled at a rate of over 50% in the US (and over 90% in Sweden) vs. 20% for glass . . . the volute bottles weigh 4 times less than glass bottles . . . This difference generates 30% less carbon emissions than transporting the same volume of wine in glass bottles.”