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Boxed Wine: Tacky or Eco-Trendy?
Posted By Ginny Figlar Colón On February 12, 2010 @ 12:05 pm In Green Living | No Comments
I am no wine snob. Most of the time, I pick the bottle that has the best label and isn’t shipped from another continent (to reduce carbon miles ).
Still, I was a little surprised when I went to a small dinner party  a couple of weeks ago and watched my host fill my glass of red wine from a box.
After having a flashback moment to my Boone’s Farm-drinking days, I spent the rest of the night enjoying my boxed beverage and admiring her choice.
She may not have realized it, but she sent a clear eco-message. At least to me. I could only imagine that the 3-liter bag-in-box packaging would be way more efficient to transport than four heavy glass bottles.
Back at home, Google research backed up my assumption: boxed wine has less than half the carbon footprint of bottled. Smurfit Kappa, maker of bag-in-box packaging, claims that “one full truck load of 3-liter empty bags equals six full truck loads of 75cl bottles.” And once filled, there’s more wine on every truck – 40% more, the French company says.
Wine blogger and author Tyler Colman has crunched the numbers even further, stating in a New York Times  op-ed piece that switching to wine in a box would “reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about two million tons, or the equivalent of retiring 400,000 cars.”
So this week I switched to the box, picking up a nice cabernet-syrah from J.P. Chenet. No stylie label. But the wine was less expensive on a per-bottle basis; there were no bottles clanging around during my walk home; and there were no sore shoulders. Plus it will stay good for weeks since no oxygen can get to the wine.
Yup, I can easily see myself becoming a boxed wine snob.
What about you? Have you given boxed wine a try? Here are a few that Oprah recommends .
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 to reduce carbon miles: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/7-Ways-to-Eat-a-LowCarbon-Diet.html
 dinner party: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/SustainableCelebrations.html
 New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/18/opinion/18colman.html
 Here are a few that Oprah recommends: http://www.oprah.com/food/4-Great-Box-Wines
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