Wine in glass or plastic bottles?
Would you prefer your wine to come in recyclable P.E.T. bottles or glass ones? Why is that?
We’re creatures of habit and tend to like things that we’re familiar with. Glass bottles may be more aesthetically pleasing to many, but they’ve actually only been around since the 17th century. To find out more about containers for wine, click here.
Advantages of P.E.T. bottles
There are several problems with glass bottles, mainly because they have to be transported from one place to another, they are heavy and can be broken in transit. If you’ve ever dropped a full wine bottle on the floor, you’ll know what a mess it makes and then there’s all that wasted wine to clean up. At least plastic bottles bounce!
Another problem with glass bottles is that they’re heavy. A typical 75 cl. glass bottle weighs around 540gr, while a P.E.T. bottle of the same capacity only weighs 60gr. That means that P.E.T. bottles are cheaper and lighter to transport. Pet bottles are also smaller than glass ones, so more can be transported in any given space.
The lower weight of P.E.T. bottles when compared to glass ones means that our carbon footprints are lowered and this appeals to us all. Usually P.E.T. bottles are used for one-and-a-half centilitres of wine and for smaller bottles such as those served on planes. However, the UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has introduced 75 cl. bottles of wine; that’s the standard capacity. It’s inevitable we’ll come to love our P.E.T. wine bottles soon.
Problems with P.E.T. wine bottles
What usually happens when wine is transported is that it’s carried in huge containers and then bottled when it has reached the country it’s destined for. When wine is transported in 25,000 litre flexitanks or iso tanks it will say so on the label, although you’ll need to look carefully for the postal code to find out exactly where it was bottled.
P.E.T. wine bottles without specialised treatment allow some diffusion and some loss of quality is to be expected when wine is stored in this kind of plastic container for more than 12 months. However, wines bottled in P.E.T. bottles are not likely to be kept for a long period of time. They disappear from supermarket shelves and are soon drunk, just like wine in boxes. Most importantly, at Garçon Wines we enhance our P.E.T. bottles with a barrier technology which is specially produced to keep food and drink longer in plastic containers.
If image is everything, or almost everything, plastic, P.E.T. or otherwise will need to have its image enhanced. For that reason, we came up with P.E.T. bottles that keep the traditional wine bottles shapes of Bordeaux and Burgundy. We also used the best quality P.E.T. to make our bottles best resemble glass. We believe in a future where wine bottles come in glass and plastic, and these two materials for wine bottles coexist in the same harmony that cork and screw cap coexist for wine closures.
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