PERRYSBURG, Ohio — The lightest North American wine bottle ever manufactured is set to hit the market.
At just 11.6 ounces (0.32 kilograms), the bottle from the Perrysburg, Ohio-based manufacturer O-I, is up to 27 per cent lighter than similar wine bottles. The glass company has also introduced a 13-ounce (0.36 kilograms) 750-mL claret bottle, which is already available to clients on the East Coast.
“O-I developed its lighter wine bottles to meet the same strict quality standards of our traditional wine bottles,” said Stan Gossett, VP and category director for North America Wine. “We are proud to offer additional lightweight packaging options that help customers realize higher environmental savings, while retaining the strength and premium image for which O-I packaging is known.”
The new Lean+Green line of lightweight claret and burgundy bottles are part of a plan to design strong, durable, yet lightweight offerings without noticeable changes to its look or appearance. Made from 100-per-cent natural resources, the lightweight bottles will provide carbon dioxide savings of more than 89 tons.
“Our retailers sell a significant amount of bottles to home winemakers across the country and innumerable cases are shipped direct to their doorstep. The reduced weight of the lean and green wine bottle will decrease shipping expenses. Additionally, the more environmentally-friendly bottle is a great fit for our boutique and urban wineries,” said Brian Wright, sales and marketing manager, L.D. Carlson, a wholesale distributor.
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