We came across an interesting article from Rexam, the largest beverage can maker. You can view the entire article here. Here are excerpts from the article:
“Independent studies show wine in cans have environmental benefits and cost savings. Two separate studies commissioned by Rexam, the world’s largest beverage can maker, have demonstrated that wine in cans is not only an environmentally friendly and sustainable pack format, but also offers beneficial cost savings for both suppliers and retailers. The first study, carried out by Incept, a UK based consultancy, looked at the space efficiency when transporting wine in aluminium cans compared to transportation in glass bottles and analysed the environmental effects and CO2 emissions during the transportation of still wine.
The study found that:
- Slim cans have half the CO2 transport related emissions of the equivalent 75cl wine sold in glass packaging
- Wine, in both 200ml and 250ml cans, produces fewer transport related CO2 emissions than other packaging formats
- Compared to glass bottles, to save one tonne of CO2, only 5,330 cases of 250ml slim cans need to be sold”
So it looks like aluminum packaging has a smaller carbon footprint and is cheaper to store and transport! I’m sure winemakers aren’t the only ones who have recognized these advantages and have added aluminum packaging options.