Here's a nice headline for plastics packaging makers: "Marks & Spencer's mini wine range goes a shade greener with plastic bottles." The story comes from British national daily The Guardian, in a report about U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer converting "its entire range of 25cl still wine bottles from glass to environmentally friendly plastic, meeting growing consumer demand for lighter and 'unbreakable' containers." More from the story:
The new bottles are 88% lighter than glass bottles, less energy is required to manufacture a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle than a glass bottle and the lightweight bottle reduces distribution emissions. The company estimates that the switch will save it 525 tonnes of packaging a year.Marks & Spencer has already converted its standard-sized 750ml wine bottles to plastic. But the story points out that the mini-bottles are popular on picnics. The retailer sells about 100,000 mini bottles a week, and sales are up 26 percent over the same period a year ago.