Monday, March 22, 2010

What Should We Open to Celebrate?

Good environmental news, via Decanter, from the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne. Within 2 years, Champagne producers plan to release 95% of all Champagne in bottles that are 7% lighter. The new bottles are the same size, cost the same, and are just as strong.

Lighter bottles mean less energy used in transport and fewer carbon emissions. CIVC projects that switching to the lighter bottle reduces the region's carbon footprint by 8,000 tonnes, equivalent to emissions from 4,000 cars, which is part of its goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 25% in 2020.

It also means fewer injuries for staff at the liquor store.

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