A Design Driven Life – by Sam
If ever box wine comes up in conversation, it automatically gives me flash backs of freshman year in college and that big box of Franzia in our mini fridge. We could barely fit anything else in there, admittedly it probably wasn’t the classiest choice, but hey, we were college students! The once looked down upon Box Wine is now being shown in a different light. With the ever growing concern for our mother nature, ABC’s Good Morning America did a feature on how Box Wine can be another way to go green! I thought this would be a great story to follow up on for my readers (and help justify my college drink of choice!).
Studies show that a Box of Wine versus a bottle of wine requires less packaging which costs less to transport, which in turn cuts down on carbon emissions! According to GMA, in one years time, if 97% of wines were switched to boxes it would be the equivalent of taking 400,000 cars off the road. That is 2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions LESS per year! Pretty awesome, huh? We all know how hard it can be to become a total “green convert”, and this could be that one easy step in the right direction. Also, on the plus side, most boxed wine comes in 3 liter packaging. That’s roughly 4 bottles of wine! More bang for your buck and more space in the fridge!
So you are worried that Boxed Wine wont be as delicious as the bottle, right? They’ve got that covered too!
There has been a huge increase in the quality of wines being boxed. Ask your local wine store if your fave comes in an environment friendly box. If not, look at it as an excuse for a wine tasting get together. You’ll find a new favorite all while helping the environment! Epicurious.com name these wines as the top 5 best wines that you can find in a box:
Box Wine has come a long way but the best of the best has not found its way to the Box yet. They are still working on that! For you wine snobs who just cant get away from your bottle, stay tuned for some creative ways to recycle your empty bottles.