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Proper Green: Wine Lovers Rejoice

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Proper Green is a blog about good manners in a green world. Today's topic: loving wine and being green can go hand in hand.
Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water. ~W.C. Fields

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Dear Proper Green:
I love wine. I mean I love it like I love life. But I’m getting a little concerned with all the glass bottles that I take out to recycling every week. I know glass is recyclable, but it also adds weight to trucks delivering it and taking it away, meaning more fossil fuels are burned. And all this just so I can get to my happy place everyday. I understand that boxed wine is more environmentally friendly, but I like good wine too much to switch to “juice boxes.” Help!!

Dear Friend:
The love of wine is such a sincere one that it is hard for me to say this... stop being such a snob. These days, many wineries are decidedly more eco-friendly, and many tasty wines come in non-traditional packaging like boxes. There are also great (read expensive) wines that use screw tops instead of cork, or make bottles that are more easily recyclable. Before you let your guilt destroy your swerve, check out these articles on the best, most eco-friendly “juice boxes.” You’ll be presently surprised.

The Best Boxed Wines at Real Simple
Best Boxed Wine from Chowhound
Good Wine In A Box from Squidoo

About Proper Green

The “green movement” is a relatively new one. And because it’s so new, ideas about what constitutes proper behavior within the movement are still evolving. But we think it’s important to establish some guidelines to help smooth the way.

Proper Green is (at least we hope) a blog about good manners in a green world. And while people often confuse “etiquette” with “manners” - the former deals with social custom, i.e., which fork to use or how to introduce your niece to your husband’s cousin at your step-sister’s second wedding––the latter is an expression of respect.And that’s what we’re going to focus on.

Good manners, like our planet, need care, attention and dedication. We hope you find inspiration and answers here.



Please send inquires to: Propergreen@recyclebank.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity.

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  • Teresa B. 4 years ago
    It does taste different in a box.
  • Robert B. 4 years ago
    Not a wine drinker
  • emily m. 4 years ago
    before the bottle of wine was a clay burned flask, concerns yourselves more with topics that matter far greatly if the environment wants to have you protect it.
    stop coal industry in USA while still exporting coal to China serves the purpose of greed.
    burn coal without regulation in China equal to the US and the trade winds disperse the pollution here is a topic of greater concern over some bottle of wine.
    i could care less if bottles or boxes of wine are used when the bleeding hearts still prefer to export pollution to unregulated messes like China and not think that the mess will never return home.
    Concerned about the effects of travel for having bottles or boxes made, i bet bottles come from china too. you buy trash from china and then you bleed comments about bottles of booze.
  • Marie S. 4 years ago
    I do not agree that this person is a snob. I agree that box wine is not the same. I do not care how much you say it is. All these years in a bottle it has to change the flavor. She just wanted to know what are good wines that are lighter bottles, meaning less weight for transport.