Lightweight glass bottles and environmental impact

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Myths and facts about lightweight glass

Wine has been around for thousands of years and the perceptions surrounding the product are sometimes stubborn! Discover some of the myths and realities that still persist around wine and lightweight glass.

Published on January 16, 2022

Myth or reality?

Some myths are hard to dispel... especially when they concern the quality, fragility or aging of the wine. Test your knowledge!

The heavier the bottle, the better the wine.

Bottles are simply shipping containers for the liquid they contain. Glass is an inert material that adds nothing to the wine’s quality.

Lightweight glass bottles are more fragile and have an increased risk of breakage.

Lightweight glass bottles meet all usage requirements for still wines. Thicker bottles remain preferable for sparkling products so they can maintain, as they need to contain the higher pressure (CO2) and not explode when being disgorged. That said, even if sparkling wine bottles have to be thicker, there’s a weight-loss program in their future too!

Lightweight glass bottles are fine for everyday wines but not for ageable wines Thicker bottles provide better ageing conditions.

Glass thickness has no impact on a wine’s ageability. It can matter in one situation: when bottles containing ageable wines are stacked on their sides for storage.

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Did you know?

  • Did you know that switching to lightweight glass can reduce a bottle’s environmental impact by up to 20% compared to heavier glass?  
  • Did you know that glass bottles made in Europe contain, on average, 52% cullet (recycled glass) and that innovations pushing the cullet content close to 100% have been reported?  
  • Did you know that glass is infinitely recyclable?  

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