Pass the wine, dear. Yes, that papier-mache thing
Greenies hide booze in cheap art material
Papier-mache is no longer just for primary school art projects: eco-nuts in Suffolk have decided to start packaging wine in the stuff. You could soon be supping a fine Rioja poured from an oblong paper shell lined with a plastic bag, thanks to British start-up GreenBottle.
El Reg doubts this sort of thing will be appearing on haute cuisine restaurant tables anytime soon, but it could be in shops from early next year. Makers GreenBottle insist that ditching the glass makes no compromise on taste (of the wine, that is).
The rationale is eco-friendly of course. Though glass bottles are usually recycled, one of these paper bottles uses only 10 per cent of a wine bottle's carbon footprint. The cardboard can be recycled or composted and the plastic film inside can be recycled where "film recycling facilities exist".
GreenBottle also points out that since paper is lighter, the bottles are cheaper to transport. The upstart start-up has been selling paper milk bottles since January through Asda and several local shops.
And the company, headquartered in Woodbridge, Suffolk, is in talks with supermarkets and wine producers to make it available to the British public as early as next year.
Martin Myerscough told PA: "It would mean an end to those morning-after trips to the bottle bank. All you would need to do is rip out the plastic lining and put the paper outer-casing in the bin or on the compost heap." ®
Its not really great for the environment. All they do in most places is grind it up for loft insulation.
The ideal i'm sure would be to re-use bottles, but as it is the glass in a glass bottle is only used once for bottles. After that its glass fibres. Thats still not a avery green used of energy.
At some point all the lofts will be full as well.
Ah, the good old days ot taking your Barrs glass lemonade and Irn Bru bottles back to the shop to get your deposit back . . . maybe taking up the Norwegian system is what they need to do. Almost ALL soft drinks come in thick, not squishy, plastic bottles, with about 30p deposit on 1.5litle and 15p on 500ml bottles and 330 cans. All supermarkets have automatic machines that use a combination of weight checks and barcode readers to sort the deposit due and print a voucher to redeem at cashout. Not uncommon to see people coming in with mutliple black bags full, and collecting enough to pay for a a few days shopping.
The drinks cans are crushed in the machine and bagged, bottled loaded onto pallet sized racks for large, and crates for the smaller bottles and sent to be cleaned and relabeled and refilled.
> All they do in most places is grind it up for loft insulation.
Not in the sites I've installed kit in, they don't.
Recycled glass is broken into small cullets which are then remelted to make new glass. This is why the colours need to be separated, and why ceramics and aluminium are major pollutants; if they were just being made into insulation, all that separation wouldn't matter.
> The ideal i'm sure would be to re-use bottles
Probably. But given the potential for liability issues from chipped or inadequately sterilised bottles - or even just the threat of such litigation, even if entirely unfounded - it currently makes no business sense to do that. I hope that situation changes in the future - but given the number of adverts I see for personal injury lawyers, I doubt it will.