Making great wine easier to enjoy, cutting down waste, saving money and making wine better for the environment - for The BIB Wine Company team it’s all about taking something good and making it better.
The BIB - A Greener Solution
Wine at its best brings people together and becomes a focal point and catalyst for community. To do so whilst carelessly damaging our environment makes no sense to us at all. Our BIBs do their bit to help, and in today’s climate we think it’s crazy not to be part of a solution.
BIBs are undeniably better for the environment - 6 times more carbon friendly than glass bottles and better even than PET plastic bottles or any other credible alternative. Did you know that a huge amount of glass that enters into our recycling network is never recycled? The cost of the energy required is often just too high for it to be worth it (and there isn’t sufficient demand for recycled green and brown glass). When not recycled, glass is one of the worst biodegraders out there (much worse than most plastics for example).
Our BIBs also cut down on other harmful transport emissions and pollution as they are transported flat-packed prior to filling and are efficiently stacked thereafter.
75% of our packaging is paper/cardboard. The material for our boxes comes from FSC certified suppliers - this means recycled stock and sustainable forestry. It’s all recyclable too.
What about the bags? Well, it’s very much a case that not all plastic is bad for the planet. By cutting down massively on waste, global warming and harmful pollution, and supporting sustainable forestry, these bags enable our packaging to be positive contributors to the environment compared to glass or PET bottles. The material that makes this all happen is a high oxygen barrier EVOH multilayer plastic. Whilst hard to recycle (and thus not currently widely accepted into local council recycling schemes) this is a material with a high calorific content when incinerated in one of the UK’s 40 energy from waste schemes.
We’re joining forces with our suppliers to ensure that the recently withdrawn funding for such schemes is revisited at a national level. There is also some exciting new technology in the recycling world and together with our suppliers we’re working with companies like Recycling Technologies to explore routes to better recycle or reuse bags. Recycling Technologies have plants that use Pyrolysis to convert end of life plastics to oils that can be used as feedstocks for plastic and other industries. This will cut down the requirement for, and use of, fossil fuels. This is not just theoretical - they have a beta plant in Swindon, are producing their first commercial plant for Scotland, and have recently been funded to roll out their production on a larger scale.
We fully support the current drive to cut down on waste and littering. The importance of keeping Britain and our shores free from the plight of waste, whether plastic or otherwise cannot be ignored. Please recycle and dispose of our BIBs responsibly.
We’re proud that our company is part of a movement to make wine part of the solution not the problem. Better for your lifestyle, your wallet and your environment.