We talk a lot around here about sustainable wine. Organic. Biodynamic. Cork or no cork. Local. Lighter bottles. Solar powered wineries … The ways a wine or its packaging can be more sustainable are many.
There’s an easy way you can make your wine buying habit more sustainable — take a reusable bag. Traditional reusable bags aren’t effective for wine because the bottles shouldn’t be loose in a bag. Some smart someone, I don’t know who, came up with a simple solution. The inexpensive, six compartment reusable wine bag. It looks just like one of those $1 reusable grocery bags, but it’s divided into six compartments inside to hold wine.
I’ve actually accumulated a stash of them given to me at different wine festivals or wine stores. In fact, my favorite local wine store gave them out last year and gives a small discount every time I bring it back and use it.
If you don’t have one, take a look in your wine store next time you’re there. I see many stores selling them for about $1. If you can’t find one in the store, here’s an online source:
Eco bags – Starting at $3.25/bag, these basic bags come in black, green or burgundy.