A Paper Bottle Full of Wine? We’ll Drink to That
To those who have ever swigged wine out of a paper bag and felt kinda sketchy about it, there’s no need to feel self-conscious. It turns out, you’re not only innovators of a sort, but eco-friendly hipsters, too. Yes, the paper wine bottle may soon be found at a liquor store near you.
London’s Daily Mail reports Greenbottle, a papier mâché, biodegradable bottle that includes a plastic liner to keep the grapes from soaking through the paper, was created by British inventor Martin Myerscough and carries a 90-percent smaller carbon footprint than a glass wine bottle. (The company also makes
“If the packaging will save time, money, and is better for the environment, why not?” Gerard Basset, a British wine expert named World’s Best Sommelier in 2010, tells the newspaper. “But I expect it will only find favor with inexpensive, commodity wine. I can’t imagine it will ever take off for fine wine.”
Pish posh. Honestly, we’re happy to drink our vino out of a box—think a paper bottle is going to bother us? Plus, the paper bottles are lighter, according to the Daily Mail, so they won’t break when we accidently knock them off the table—or a kid sends a bottle of red smashing to the ground with an off-the-mark basketball toss, as ours did Saturday night. (And, yes, we needed a paper bag—or bottle—to breathe in after that little disaster.)
So, let’s review: easy-to-carry, unbreakable and you get to drink in the name of supporting the environment? We definitely say cheers to that.
With all that wine in unbreakable bottles, why not whip up some sangria for holiday guests?