At Winc, we make every effort possible to operate in a way that minimizes our environmental impact.
First, both our box and the pulp trays inside are entirely compostable. You'll also notice that most Winc bottles arrive without a cork capsule. Back in the day, capsules were used to protect corks in old cellars. Now they're no longer needed as wine bottles are stored in controlled and regulated cellars or warehouses. It's extremely sustainable to go without them!
The reason we don’t have a recycling program in place for our boxes or bottles is that the carbon impact of moving them back and forth is actually pretty substantial. However, we 100% promote re-use of the materials in fun DIY projects to give them further lives. Check out our YouTube Channel to see videos on how to make leftover materials from your shipment into picture frames, decorative trays, flower vases, and more! If you still wish to learn how you can recycle your Winc materials, check out this site to find a recycling center near you.
Furthermore, by transporting wine in reusable totes to a centralized bottling and distribution facility we avoid the significant carbon impact of added weight and wasted space of transporting finished wine in bottles. We also bottle wine using a just-in-time inventory strategy meaning wine travels in bottles for the 'final mile' only, directly from our distribution center to your doorstep. This reduces our carbon footprint an estimated 50%.
We actively support growers and winemakers that practice sustainable farming and winemaking. Whenever possible we opt for organically grown grapes and minimal intervention in production. We feature a number of biodynamic, vegan, and otherwise sustainably farmed and vinted wines.
For more info on sustainability, check out the blog.