Today's post is inspired by the comment left by an anonymous poster on a different website. The website mentioned that Amcor is now supplying both natural and synthetic corks for their PET wine bottle. The anonymous poster had a one-line comment:"At the end of the day, I would rather recycle the glass".
While this is a nice thought, the reality is that wine glass bottles are difficult to recycle. They are green and the largest user of green glass is the wine industry, with imported beers following after that. Unfortunately, the wine industry is located in very small regions of the country, so while you can place a wine bottle into a recycling bin, the recycler who then takes that bottle will have a difficult time working with it. Shipping it to California is not a viable option for most of the country, as is re-exporting the beer bottle glass.
On the other hand, the marketplace across the country for recycled PET has never been better, and since a case of wine shipped in PET bottles is lighter the glass alternative, less fuel is needed to transport it in the first place, making it a much more green option overall.