85% of wines under $16 now in lightweight glass bottles
Nearly 85% of all bottles of regular wines under $16 sold at the SAQ are now in lightweight glass bottles (average reduction of 90 g over a 510 g traditional bottle, which also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions). Today, the SAQ is undertaking to extend this policy to all regular wines retailing for $20 and under, which make up 88% of its wine sales.
We also encourage our suppliers to use clear glass containers whenever possible, as this type of glass can be melted and repurposed in Quebec. Furthermore, we are currently analyzing the use of alternative containers and packaging and aim to promote their commercialization.
What is lightweight glass?
Ever wonder why some wine bottles have a hollow bottom? The proper term being “punt” or “kick-up”, this feature was dreamt up by fourth century glassblowers who wanted to devise a way to keep bottles standing upright when set down. Today, thanks to modern technology, this hollow bottom is no longer necessary and that’s a good thing! Punt bottles require more glass during fabrication than their flat-bottomed counterparts. Thus, a bottle with a deeper bottom tends to be heavier and, therefore, have a bigger environmental impact.