Fun facts: Using a wine bottle again can create a 95% carbon reduction compared to using another newly manufactured bottle. Wineries can also save money when they are able to buy reused bottles that are up to 40% less expensive than new ones. That money can go towards quite a bit of brie and crackers! Here’s a look at the way recycling flows in select areas of the wine industry, and some great recycled gift ideas.
Wine Bottle Recycling At Home
Glass is a lot like aluminum in that it can be recycled forever, without losing its glassy charm. Also like aluminum, glass bottles and jars go from recycling bin to the store shelf with a short turn-around time. In as little as 30 days, the glass bottle you recycled is back on the shelf as a container for another product. More good news is that most curbside recycling programs accept glass.
Have you ever wondered why your wine glass is green? The color matters because chemicals are added to protect the wine from light or temperature. Iron-chromite creates shades of green, whereas the amber or brown glass you see used in beer bottles gets its color from iron sulfide. Remember to check with your local recycling center or your curbside guidelines, as you may have to separate clear from colored glass.
Reuse Wine Bottles
We heard about through the grapevine about Wine Bottle Renew in Northern California. Bottle-cleaning is more common in Europe, but close to the beautiful Napa Valley vineyards, there’s plenty of options for reuse. According to their website, of the 300 million cases of wine sold each year in the U.S., none of the bottles are reused and 70% end up in landfills.
Wine Bottle Renew collects used wine bottles and cleans and processes them. High temperatures decontaminate the bottles before they are redistributed back to bottlers. It’s a solid recycling scheme worth a toast!
Kind Vines also washes and reuses bottles with a zero waste slant, and is another responsible way to enjoy wine. Their sustainable wine bottle packaging is 100% reusable glass. Bottles are screen-printed which eliminates the need for a delabeling system, and also includes informative and educational content about the program.
Cool Recycled Gifts for the Wine Lover
A great way for anyone to participate in the process of recycling is to purchase recycled products. This helps close the recycling loop and supports the recycling industry. A small amount of your purchase through any of these links goes to us to keep the site going and continue to promote recycled products and provide recycling information.
The recycled wine bottle platter below is made from 100% recycled glass. These wine bottle-shaped platters are perfect for the little nibbles that accompany a wine tasting. Bonus for cheese lovers- the spreader is included.
An 8GB USB drive made from a recycled wine cork is an excellent way to keep track of information after you’ve been through a few glasses of wine.
Another neat use for your own recycled empty bottle and candles is a wine bottle candelabra. Just place it in a wine bottle and it can be a centerpiece or nice decor for at your next wine tasting party.
Don’t forget to check out some sweet ways that you can recycle wine corks.