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Eco-bottles to address wine industry’s carbon concerns

(Source: Packamama/LinkedIn)

Billed as a counter to the growing environmental impact of glass bottles, a 100 per cent recycled PET plastic wine bottle has debuted on Australian retail store shelves.

Packamama – a sustainable packaging and manufacturing company – has partnered with Accolade Wines and Taylors Wines to launch the so-called eco-bottles.

The bottles mimic the high-shouldered shape of traditional ‘Bordeaux’ wine bottles and have a slimmer profile meaning twice the usual number of bottles can be packed into a standard-sized wine case, reducing storage space and transportation costs. They are also 83 per cent lighter and unbreakable.

Santiago Navarro, Packamama’s chief executive and founder, said now is the ‘right time’ to challenge centuries of tradition.

“Australia is recognised globally as a leader in wine packaging thanks to break-through innovations, including bag-in-box casks and screw-top caps for wines.”

Taylors’ third-generation winemaker and MD Mitchell Taylor said the eco-bottles were sustainable and provide another way for wineries to improve their carbon footprint.

Mia Lloyd, Coles Liquor’s acting GM of customer, trade planning & insights, said the flatter eco-bottles are a convenient option for a caravan holiday or picnic.

The Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio eco-bottles of Banrock Station wines and Taylors’ One Small Step range in Chardonnay and Shiraz will rally etail for $16. They are available for sale at select Liquorland and First Choice Liquor Market stores.

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