HOW WE TRANSPORT OUR WINES
One of the key sustainability issues that came up during our panel discussions at the London Wine Fair was that of bulk shipping. By every measure, shipping wine this way saves a huge amount of weight, space and energy compared to shopping in bottle.
So how do we get our wines? As part of our commitment to both quality and sustainability, we source our wines in bulk direct from producers. The majority of our producers are independent, small scale growers from Europe, using low intervention winemaking techniques to provide characterful wines with a real sense of terroir. They transport the wine to us in 1000L Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs), the equivalent of 1333 bottles. This saves 55% of carbon emissions compared with shipping in bottle. We then bottle and keg our Zero Waste Wines on site in North Greenwich, using state of the art bottling equipment and the beady eyes of our production team to keep everything just as the winemaker intended.
‘Bulk shipping’ is not the most elegant term, but we believe that it is key to reducing our emissions from transport. Quality control has never been better and it is unnecessarily wasteful to ship tonnes of glass. According to Miles Beale of the WSTA, half a billion litres of wine is imported in bulk to the U.K. every year. That’s a saving of 90,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions compared to shipping in bottle.
Our commitment to reduce and reuse extends right through the life cycle of our containers. Once our IBCs have filled our reusable bottles and kegs, we send them for refurbishment and reuse: either again as wine containers or for alternative uses. Some of our most recent IBCs are currently on their way to an animal park in Africa to be reused as water tanks: providing a different kind of life sustaining liquid in their next life!