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Lightweight glass

Lightweight glass

The SAQ is committed to stocking bottles with a reduced carbon footprint – that’s why we opt for lightweight glass bottles whenever we can.

Ever wonder why some wine bottles have a hollow bottom? The proper term being “punt” or “kick-up”, this feature was dreamt up by fourth century glassblowers who wanted to devise a way to keep bottles standing upright when set down. Today, thanks to modern technology, this hollow bottom is no necessary and that’s a good thing! Punt bottles require more glass during fabrication than their flat-bottomed counterparts. Thus, a bottle with a deeper bottom tends to be heavier and, therefore, have a bigger environmental impact.

In an effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions from the production line to the delivery truck, the SAQ seeks to sell more products that impact our planet less. That’s why it’s advocating for lightweight glass, which can reduce the ecological footprint of a wine bottle by up to 30 percent compared to its traditional equivalent.

How do you know if it’s lightweight? Look for flat-bottomed bottles—not ones with deep dimples. The number of labels going lightweight is constantly growing at the SAQ: Some 50 percent of current stock is sold in reduced-impact containers.

Lindeman's Bin 65 Chardonnay

$10.95

Lindeman's Bin 65 Chardonnay

White wine750 mlAustralia
Lindeman's Bin 65 Chardonnay

Lindeman's Bin 65 Chardonnay

$10.95

White wine750 mlAustralia, South Eastern AustraliaSAQ code : 00142117
Not available onlineSee quantity in stores
Folonari Valpolicella

$13.95

Folonari Valpolicella

Red wine750 mlItaly
Folonari Valpolicella

Folonari Valpolicella

$13.95

Red wine750 mlItaly, VenetoSAQ code : 10270442

 

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In 2017-2018, the SAQ promoted products with alternative packaging, like cardboard, reusable bags and wine bags, increasing its retail bag-in-box offering by 33 percent. The SAQ also continued to collaborate with the wine industry to promote lightweight glass products (420 g and less).

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