LJ Crafted Wines

The Environment

At LJ Crafted Wines we’re committed to sustainable wine distribution practices and have created eco-friendly solutions to reduce the amount of bottles that are produced and also end up in our landfills each year. We’ve taken the greener path by introducing an efficient and environmentally friendly way to consume wine that you can feel good about.

Our wines are available both by bottle and via wine growler. To reduce the use of glass, we have created a Wine Growler Program which includes the option of serving our wines barrel-direct into reusable glass containers. This process minimizes solid waste while reducing the energy and emissions required to produce raw materials such as glass, cork, and labels to make new bottles. Wine growlers clearly make environmental sense, which is why they are a major part of how we do business.

With our patent-pending system serving wines direct from the barrel into re-usable growlers, we have avoided the production and disposal of 14,000 bottles in our first year of business. That equates to two- thirds of a mile of upright bottles!

Did you know?

  • It takes one glass bottle about 1 million years to decompose. (1)
  • Glass represents anywhere from 50 to 73 % of a winery’s carbon footprint. (2)
  • While there are more than 300 million cases of wine sold in the U.S. each year, virtually none of those bottles are reused. (3)
  • Glass bottles have low recycling rates at 34.1%. Two out of every three bottles end up in landfills. (4)
  • Recycling of glass containers saves some energy, but not a significant quantity compared to reuse. The energy saved is about 13% of the energy required to make glass containers from virgin raw materials. (5)
  • A bottle that is filled 20 times eliminates the need for making 19 more bottles, avoiding the environmental effects of materials extraction, processing, manufacturing, and recycling or disposal of those 19 bottles. (6)
  • The process of washing a wine bottle for reuse generates less than 5% of the carbon emissions created in the new production of that same bottle. (7)

The Case for Reuse

We realize that we can’t solve all the world’s environmental issues, but we’re doing our part to to minimize the resource-intensive use of glass bottles. There was a time when bottle reuse was common practice. 6.5-ounce soda pop bottles were once refillable products that framed an iconic era, and milk bottles were ceremoniously collected empty, then as if by magic, redelivered full. We’ve borrowed a page from these bygone times to revisit a contemporary and sustainable packaging alternative to wine consumption. We know the routine use of sanitizing and refilling a bottle is far more energy and resource efficient than that of single use bottles, even when recycled. Reduce, reuse, refill!

Additional Benefits Of Our Wine Growler Program:

  • Reusable bottles are cost-competitive. We pass that savings on to you, our customers.
  • Glass containers provides a protective and oxygen-free environment, something that many other packaging solutions and single-serve containers fall short of.
  • We use lightweight, durable bottles using less raw materials for greater environmental benefits.
  • Wines served direct from the barrel often taste better.

Bottle Redemption Program:

We know the party doesn’t need to end when your bottles are empty, so we encourage you to either recycle them, or return them to us. Our Bottle Redemption Program was created with environmentally conscious ethics in mind for our non-growler bottles. For each empty wine bottle you return to us, we’ll credit $1 towards your next purchase. We then take your bottles and upcycle them into our Tasting Room water glasses, hanging bird feeders, takeaway terraniums, vases, and more. Use one of our wine planters to create your own tabletop biosphere, or draw a bath next to one of our repurposed candle holders. All finished upcycled items are available for sale.

We invite you to visit us and ask one of our Tasting Room Associates about our Wine Growler and Bottle Redemption programs. It’s good for the wine, it’s good for the planet!

Sources

(1) California Gov. Cal Recycle:
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/Consumers/Facts.htm

(2) Wine Business Monthly:
http://www.winebusiness.com/wbm/?go=getArticle&dataId=94993

(3) Wine Business Monthly
http://www.winebusiness.com/wbm/?go=getArticle&dataId=67379

(4) EPA 2012 Facts and Figures:
http://www3.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/municipal/pubs/2012_msw_fs.pdf

(5) National Renewable Energy Laboratory:
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/legosti/old/5703.pdf

(6) INFORM non-profit:
http://www.informinc.org/pages/research/waste-prevention/fact-sheets/case-reopened-reassessing-refillable-bottles-executive-summary.html

(7) Wine Business Monthly
http://www.winebusiness.com/wbm/?go=getArticle&dataId=67379

(8) Tyler Coleman article – The Glass Can Always Be Greener
Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine, July - August, 2015 issue