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Lightweighting project saves 20,000 tonnes of glass

Post Time:May 20,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:291

WRAP - the Waste & Resources Action Programme - has claimed that its GlassRite Wine project has saved over 20,000 tonnes of glass through working with the entire wine supply chain to promote lightweighting and bulk imports.

The project, which was launched in 2006, has seen the government-funded research body collaborate with producers, brand owners, agents, bottle manufacturers and fillers across the globe in a bid to improve environmental and commercial performance.

The UK is one of the world´s largest importers of wine, buying in some 1.6 million bottles every year, which leads to 630,000 tonnes of glass entering the UK´s waste stream and creates significant CO2 emissions through transportation.

Through the project, WRAP is seeking to reduce this impact by encouraging the use of lighter-weight wine bottles, as well as the bulk importation of wine to the UK.

Bulk importation in turn raises demand for glass bottles manufactured in the UK. In addition, the UK´s widely-available supply of recycled green glass allows the supply chain to increase the amount of recycled content in these bottles, adding further environmental benefit.

Nicola Jenkin, beverages category manager at WRAP, said: "As enthusiasm grows across the globe for a more sustainable approach to wine production, packaging and distribution, the GlassRite Wine project is continuing to drive innovation both in the UK and beyond.

"By getting involved, companies throughout the international supply chain can take part in a compelling journey towards innovation and global best practice, while benefiting from specialist support from our international advisors and taking advantage of the potential commercial benefits and cost reductions available," she added.

Partners

WRAP has worked with companies to develop a range of initiatives, including trialling and producing a 300g commercially viable wine bottle in the UK, exploring opportunities for lighter weight Champagne and sparkling wine bottles, forecasting the UK´s capacity to bottle bulk-imported wine, and producing a comprehensive directory of the lightweight wine bottles already available to the industry.

The project is also driving broader commercial benefits, with companies throughout the supply chain reporting cost and raw material savings.

A wide range of organisations are already taking part, including companies such as Constellation Europe, Kingsland Wine & Spirits, Pernod Ricard, Quinn Glass and Tesco.

WRAP is also working with trade associations, from The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) and Wines of Spain to Wines of South Africa, to explore all relevant technical, economic and social considerations and overcome any barriers which may exist.

Source: greentechmedia.comAuthor: shangyi

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