Greener Every Week – Class it up with boxed wine

“Greener Every Week” is my ongoing series in which I do one (cheap, easy) thing every week to make my home or lifestyle more healthy & eco-friendly.

So I know boxed wine has kind of a bad reputation, but hear me out on this one – it’s come a long way in recent years! If you enjoy a glass of wine now and then (or most nights…not that I know anyone like that) you should consider looking into which boxed wines are available in your area.

Choosing a box over a bottle is an eco-friendly (and wallet-friendly!) choice for a number of reasons. First, it keeps longer – a bottle of wine, once opened, only lasts maybe a day or two at most. A box can last up to six weeks! So if you’ve ever found yourself opening a bottle only to have to throw out half of it the next day, this is a great solution. Second, the packaging weight to wine weight ratio is quite different – nearly 50% of a bottle of wine’s weight comes from its packaging, but with a box it’s closer to 7-12% – this makes a significant difference in shipping costs and fuel usage! Shipping is also easier because boxes are square and therefore pack more tightly than round bottles.

Third, a box of wine often contains the equivalent of four bottles of wine per box. This means much less packaging per ounce of wine. And many of the boxes available now are fully recyclable, and often made from recycled material in the first place.

The box I have in the photos is a new wine available at Trader Joe’s, and it’s quite good. There’s also Yellow+Blue Wines, which makes an organic wine in a recyclable box, French Rabbit wine, and Bandit Wine (all of those sites have store locators on them to help you find stores in your area). In the LA area, BevMo and Whole Foods both have several options, so check those stores if you have them.

All of the wines I linked to are vegan (did you know a lot of wine isn’t? They often use milk protein, egg whites, or even fish bladders to process and clarify the wine – you can check the labels or websites like barnivore.com to find out if the wine you’re drinking is vegan/vegetarian) – I’m not sure about the Trader Joe’s wine in the photos, I have not been able to find information to confirm whether it’s vegan or not (does anyone happen to know?), but all the rest are 100% vegan.

Now, I wouldn’t necessarily jump to serving box wine at parties (although it could be more economical), or bringing it as a hostess gift or anything, and I do love the presentation of a lovely bottle of wine. But for a casual glass now and then, think about looking into the boxes in your local store!

 

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