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Producers show their bottle

Published:  23 July, 2008

This is the second part of our outline of green policies by importers and suppliers to the UK - as written by them. 

Other industries, even the airline sector, have responded to pressure from government and the consumer to be more environmentally aware, so how is wine faring? 

"PLB tries hard to contribute towards a better environment working along side WRAP and printers, glass and carton makers who also commit to energy saving procedures.

"Our printer, Multiprint, which prints our UK bottled labels, is a member of REPAK. It arranges for its weekly waste to be collected by a special recycling plant, which in turn converts the waste material into fuel pellets which are then sold back into the industry.

"Our glass manufacturer, which is also heavily involved with WRAP, uses recycled glass for bottle manufacturing (90% for green and 35-40% for flint/clear). Its chimneys filter emissions with an electrostatic precipitator that removes sulphur dioxide and particulate matter, and a selective reactor that removes nitrogen dioxide. It is updating processes in the chimneys to begin collecting carbon dioxide that they can then recycle. It hopes soon to be able to put a carbon footprint on every product.

"Ninety per cent of the cartons from our main carton supplier use recycled paper, with the remainder coming from sustainable forests."