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OBIKWA first SA wine in new ultra light weight bottles

Distell has switched its OBIKWA range of wines to ultra light weight 350g Consol glass bottles, the first South African wine to do so.

The lightest of all glass wine bottles available in South Africa, the new 350g Consol bottle, is 100g or 25% lighter than the former OBIKWA 450g bottle. This substantial weight saving amounts to a total reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent emissions of 654 tons per year across the entire OBIKWA range.

“”For every 1 000 light weight bottles produced in comparison to the standard 450g bottle, the reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent emissions calculated according to Consol Glass’s independently verified emission data, amounts to 109kg,”” says Jacques Rossouw, Environmental Manager for Distell, who has been working closely with the UK-based Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and Consol Glass in search of solutions to effect sustainable wine production.

“The use of light weight wine bottles holds many benefits for the environment by reducing raw material usage, minimising energy consumption and green house gas emissions during production, and a decrease in overall weight in terms of storage and distribution.”

Taking its commitment to a sustainable environment way beyond the use of ultra light weight glass, OBIKWA adheres to eco-friendly practices throughout the entire wine production process from the vineyards right through to the final bottling process. All OBIKWA wines are sealed with recyclable aluminium screw cap closures and only environmentally friendly, biodegradable packaging materials are used.

In terms of the vineyards, all OBIKWA grape producers must comply with the requirements of the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW), the industry standard for environmentally-sustainable practices across the full production chain.

Underlining their integrity and commitment to the environment, all OBIKWA wines from the 2010 vintage onwards, will carry the new Sustainability Seal issued by the Wine & Spirit Board. The world’’s first guarantee of eco-friendly production, every seal carries a unique number linked to a sophisticated tracking system throughout every stage of the supply chain to confirm the integrity of the product

Currently available in 43 countries and one of the biggest South African wine brands in Canada and Australia, OBIKWA wines enjoy wide international acclaim and are trusted by wine lovers as good value, quality wines. These are down-to-earth, adventurous wines expressing their true varietal character and rich, ethnic charm. 

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