Choosing a bottle of wine can be tough. Do you go with a Merlot or a Malbec? Is an Italian wine better than a California wine? Have you ever wondered about the carbon footprint of wine? And what’s up with those plastic wine corks? There are so many things to think about when choosing an eco friendly wine that it can be a bit overwhelming. I thought I would discuss a few of the issue surrounding the carbon footprint of wine. And the next time you reach for a bottle you can understand why you should say NO to plastic wine corks and yes to local and organic. If you are looking for eco friendly date ideas, it is a great place to start!
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The Carbon Footprint of Wine
What’s Up with the Plastic Wine Corks?
How to Choose Green Wine:
- Find local wines when possible. While they may not be organic, they use much fewer resources for transportation than wines that came from half way across the globe.
- Choose small wineries rather than large ones. Small wineries are usually better stewards of the earth than large conglomerations.
- Organic wines are a great choice, although sometimes hard to find. Obviously, the fewer pesticides and fertilizers used to grow the grapes, the smaller the carbon footprint.
- Skip the plastic wine corks. This can’t really be noticed until you actually open the bottle. But, if you find a wine you like with a natural cork, you might want to consider buying a second bottle.
- Make your own wine! Nothing says eco friendly like a wine made in your own kitchen! Check out wine making kits on Amazon that will get you started!
Have you found a delicious organic wine lately?
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.