& SUPPLY CHAIN
Unfortunately, wine cannot flow directly from the barrel to your glass. It takes a lot of materials and packaging to get that elegant wine bottle to your table. Just like at home, we want to make sure wineries and vineyards are recycling and composting everything they can. Napa Green connects members with local recycling companies to get them free staff trainings, signs, and bins to ensure glass, cardboard, plastic wrap, corks, landscaping, food waste all get recycled or composted into another purpose. The goal is over 75% diversion – meaning less than 25% of “waste” ends up in the landfill.
Wineries have significant purchasing power, and Napa Green works with members to help them green their supply chain and shift to environmentally preferable products. One hot topic right now is how to Lighten Up! Bigger and heavier bottles do not mean better wine, but they do cost more, weigh more, and take up more space, which increases shipments and emissions that contribute to climate change. Currently, only 25-30% of glass bottles get recycled in the U.S. There are new initiatives like The Good Goods and Conscious Container working on bottle takeback, cleaning and return – bringing bottles full circle.