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10 February 2014

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Greener Planet Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

For some time now, I have been eyeing (and occasionally squeezing) these fancy plastic containers in Alko shops. With mixture of interest and suspicion. Why would French abandon the old glass bottles in favour of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) ones? No, I don’t believe PET itself is more environmentally friendly than glass. Especially here in Finland, where they don’t even bother to recycle the household plastics. (Yes it goes into mixed waste.)
However, I do believe that lighter bottles can reduce the carbon footprint of wine by cutting the carbon cost of transport. I also believe that the bottle is “virtually unbreakable”

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9 January 2013

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Stop W(h)ining!

The other day I came across this Greener Planet wine in the shop and thought I’d give it a go. I have to say, I don’t drink very much or particularly very often, but once in a while I do enjoy a nice glass (or three) of red wine.
The wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon from sustainably-farmed vineyards in Languedoc Roussillon and is a pleasant, easy-to-drink red wine with lovely blackcurrant and brambly flavours.
It comes in a 1-litre recyclable PET bottle and contains approximately 2 glasses more than a standard 75cl bottle, yet because of the material the bottle is made from its still lighter than a traditional glass bottle. This results in less energy being used in both production and transport as well as a virtually unbreakable, carbon-friendly bottle.

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THE INDEPENDENT
2 April 2011

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French winegrowers shrug off pride, bottle in plastic

Tradition dies hard in the French Pyrenees, but winegrowers are shrugging aside Gallic pride to bottle their wine in plastic to meet a demand for lighter, unbreakable bottles.
"Plastic bottles are difficult for me," said Pascal Fernandez, a winegrower from the Pepieux cooperative in the Languedoc. "In the French culture, a glass bottle with a natural cork is engraved in our genes."

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THE TELEGRAPH
1 April 2011

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French embrace ‘le vin plastique’

French winemakers are brushing aside Gallic pride to bottle their wine in plastic to meet British demand for lighter, unbreakable plastic bottles for the summer festival season.
In the Languedoc-Roussillon area, winegrowers from the Pepieux co-operative have been converted, albeit begrudgingly. “Plastic bottles are difficult for me,” said Pascal Fernandez, a winegrower. “In the French culture, a glass bottle with a natural cork is engraved in our genes.”

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Greener Planet: The plastic bottles of Languedoc wines
 

iAFRICA.COM
5 April 2011

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Winegrowers go plastic

Tradition dies hard in the French Pyrenees, but winegrowers are shrugging aside Gallic pride to bottle their wine in plastic to meet a demand for lighter, unbreakable bottles.
"Plastic bottles are difficult for me," said Pascal Fernandez, a winegrower from the Pepieux cooperative in the Languedoc. "In the French culture, a glass bottle with a natural cork is engraved in our genes."

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FRANCE 24 INTERNATIONAL NEWS
31 March 2011

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French winegrowers shrug off pride, bottle in plastic

Analysts say the move to plastic bottles has been driven by demand from buyers as varied as airlines, Texas supermarkets, Nordic and Canadian state liquor monopolies and restaurant chains in Britain.

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USA TODAY
2 April 2011

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French winegrowers shrug off pride, bottle in plastic

Tradition dies hard in the French Pyrenees, but winegrowers are shrugging aside Gallic pride to bottle their wine in plastic to meet a demand for lighter, unbreakable bottles.
"Plastic bottles are difficult for me," said Pascal Fernandez, a winegrower from the Pepieux cooperative in the Languedoc. "In the French culture, a glass bottle with a natural cork is engraved in our genes."

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WIKILEAKS ONLINE NEWS
5 April 2011

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French embrace ‘le vin plastique’

Asda said a growing number of wine drinkers were shirking heavier, breakable glass in favour of tough, easily resealed, lighter plastic bottles.
“We are expecting positive sales over the following weeks, especially as we head towards the summer months and there are more occasions such as outdoor festivals and concerts, where traditional glass wine bottles are banned,” said Lottie Parsons, a spokesman for Asda.

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WORLDNEWS.COM
5 April 2011

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French embrace ‘le vin plastique’

‪French winemakers are brushing aside Gallic pride to bottle their wine in plastic to meet British demand for lighter, unbreakable plastic bottles for the summer festival season.‬

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