What do you think of plastic wine bottles? Yay or nay?

What do you think of plastic wine bottles?  Yay or nay?

These days, environmental issues are becoming more and more important. The idea of global warming is becoming a reality, and companies are looking for more ways to “go green” to help aide in protecting the environment for future generations. While many wine drinkers may not exactly spend each and every day thinking about the environment, they may try to find areas in their every day lifestyle that will allow them to do their part. Whether it is recycling or starting a compost pile in the backyard, there are small ways that each and every person can help. However, when it comes to making your wine bottles more “environmentally friendly,” are you ready to give up glass?

While boxed wines already get a bad rap, it is essential that we look into ways to make every day packaging better for the environment and easily recyclable. Sainsbury, a supermarket presence in the United Kingdom, is currently experimenting with large plastic bottles for wine, made with PET (polyethylene teraphthalate). While smaller individual-sized bottles of wine have typically been made with plastic, this store is the first to consider selling wine bottled in larger packages. Will this trend stick?

It depends. There are pros and cons to using plastic for larger wine bottles. The primary advantage here is the fact that the plastic is recyclable, reducing the carbon footprint. However, there are other benefits, such as the light weight which makes these bottles easy to transport, and the fact that these bottles won’t break when dropped, which also makes them safer and easier for shipment to vendors. However, with advantages comes disadvantages. First off, this will greatly affect the wine quality, as oxygen can absorb more than through a glass bottle. This will give the wine a shorter shelf-life after bottling and keep the wines stored in these plastic bottles of lesser quality. There is also the concern that these plastic bottles will look “cheap” and that wine drinkers will have a negative connotation with the vineyards that supply plastic-bottled wines.

With growing concerns about the environment, as well as companies looking for ways to reduce the costs of producing and manufacturing goods, it may not be too farfetched for plastic wine bottles to seep into mainstream vineyards and wine makers. With this in mind, what do you think of the future of wine bottling? Do you believe that plastic wine bottles may become the standard due to the environmental benefits and advantages?

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