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Poll: Would You Buy Wine Bottled in Plastic?

Would You Buy Wine Bottled in Plastic?

Over the past couple of years, the wine industry has gone from mostly glass bottles with corks to a bevy of boxed varietals and wines with screwcaps. Now meet the industry's newest container contender: plastic wine bottles. Because they're one-eighth the weight of a typical glass bottle and take up 20 percent less space, plastic bottles are more cost effective and environmentally friendly. They also enable winemakers to save fuel by shipping more wine per truck. The downside? Plastic simply doesn't provide the same seal as glass, and the bottles come with "drink by" dates — so they'll only be used to package wines that are meant to be enjoyed right away. I can't help but wonder whether the plastic containers could pose a health hazard. How do you feel about the matter?

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muse2323 muse2323 7 years
I love glass wine bottles, but my area doesn't recycle glass--even though it pretends to. So while I'd prefer to stick to glass wine bottles, being able to buy it in plastic--especially if I'm going to be using it right away--would be a nice option.
Dr-No Dr-No 7 years
Even though glass seems greener than plastic, you have to consider the carbon footprint. Imagine the fuel it would use to ship thousands of cases of glass-bottled wine across the ocean, and compare it to the fuel used to ship the plastic bottles. You're either using the petroleum as fuel or as plastic. And if we use more petroleum to ship the glass then why not use it in the plastic instead (and have some left over!). Additionally, glass bottles need a LOT more padding than plastic ones--which can be shipped in cases with no paper, foam, or wood dividers! If you are buying local wine, glass may be more environmentally friendly. But for those of us on the east coast, most of our wine is shipped across the country or the Atlantic--so plastic makes sense!
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 7 years
I would like to not change how wine is stored. I like glass bottles and real corks. I haven't found a good wine that has a plastic cork so I'll infer a plastic bottle will taste like crap, too.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Last I checked, glass can also be recycled, so I don't really see why plastic is so much greener. It doesn't really seem like a great idea to me, especially since there's a "drink by" date. Sounds a little fishy, IMHO.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Yes, but not for the GREENER reason; as a Californian I'm so sick of the GREEN crap I could puke. And since we recycle glass and it no less toxic to produce plastic versus glass that's not an issue. I like the fact it won't break after I get drunk and drop the bottle on my tile floor (kidding, of course) and I like screw caps - easier to remove and reseal.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i don't think that i have anything against a plastic bottle for my wine - so i'd buy it.
Mariana48 Mariana48 7 years
seriously? plastic a greener alternative than glass? suuuuuuuuuuure....i'll stick to glass thank u very much
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Sure, I would. Also, I like wine bottles with screw caps. It makes no difference to the wine, and I find screw caps easier to put back on than corks.
mudnessa mudnessa 7 years
There is no way plastic can be more environmentally friendly than glass, that is a ridiculous statement.
partysugar partysugar 7 years
I'm always up for trying new wine related products. I would totally try these.
doogirl doogirl 7 years
If the bottles can be recycled, then why not? I don't really drink enough wine to care if it's in a plastic or glass bottle.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
Totally! I bought a few bottles of beaujolais nouveau in plastic bottles last fall (it has a drink by date anyway so why not). Not for a dinner party, but for a casual night in i think it's great.
kia kia 7 years
Tough question. I would need to learn more about the "life cycle" of this "new" plastic to make a more informed choice.
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