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Distell makes big CO2 savings using light-weight bottles

Published:  11 May, 2010

South African producer, Distell has has made savings of 333.5 tons of glass after changing almost 3 million of its wine bottles to light-weight.

According to the company's environmental manager, Jacques Rossouw, the saving which was made over 10 months, represents 734 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions helping to lower its carbon footprint.

"Since switching from 750ml wine bottles with an average weight of 570 grams to bottles weighing 455 grams across the range of wines we produce, we have already effected significant reductions in CO2 equivalent emissions. This is just the start. Within the next few months, we'll be introducing a new 350 gram bottle to further boost the savings," said Rossouw.

He added the company worked closely with the UK-based Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) initiative to promote glass savings and also collaborated with local bottle suppliers to develop suitable, totally safe lighter packaging.

The new 350 gram light-weight bottle will be used for selected company brands as well as for some international buyers-own brands produced by Distell.