The obvious solution is to only drink wine-in-a-box, but that won’t go over well with the eco-hypocrites. A recent item from the New York Times’s Green, Inc. blog:
Making Wine Bottles Lighter … and Greener
Whenever I pick up a wine bottle, I am struck by how thick the glass seems compared with, say, a jar of jelly.
Others have noticed this too. A column in the Napa Valley Register last year noted that wine bottles appeared to have added more than a pound in recent decades.
Efforts to counter the trend and produce thinner bottles are called “light-weighting,” and earlier this year I had a conversation on the subject with Kevin Stevens, the vice president for marketing at Owens-Illinois, Inc., a large glass bottle manufacturer.
Mr. Stevens noted that other sectors had made some impressive advances. “A beer bottle today is 30 percent lighter than it was 20 years ago,” he told me.
Coca-Cola says that its Ultra bottle, released in 2007, is 40 percent stronger but 20 percent lighter than in the past.
The wine industry has been slower to adapt, Mr. Stevens said, partly because of the tastes of its customer base. “The high-end wines are probably not going to make a trade-off,” he said.