Article: Time to put our bottles on a diet!
Systembolaget sells just over 81 million bottles of wine per year. That’s a lot of wine – and even more glass. Which is why, working in partnership with our suppliers, we are switching to lighter glass bottles.
Climate impact is one of Systembolaget’s seven areas of responsibility, and our climate impact work involves everything from increased recycling to using more energy-efficient lighting in our stores. But our own operations only account for 2 per cent of our total climate impact.
A clear challenge
If we are to make a real difference, we must look beyond Systembolaget’s internal operations. And that’s a huge challenge. One third of Systembolaget’s indirect global climate impact comes from a single factor – packaging. And the biggest climate impact of all comes from the manufacture of heavy glass bottles. Which is why we want to reduce the amount of glass in our bottles. And we’re approaching this from a variety of angles:
- Active collaboration. We work hand in hand with our suppliers on identifying the easiest possible way for them to switch to lighter glass bottles. Our ambition is for all of our suppliers to switch to this alternative, which would mean savings both for them and for the environment. And there are no downsides – the quality and taste of the wine remains exactly the same as in a heavier bottle.
- Customer communication. We label the more climate-friendly bottles, which include lighter glass bottles, in our stores, making it easier for our customers to make informed, climate-friendly choices.
- Light bottles. 20 per cent of all wine is currently sold in lighter glass bottles. If that figure was 100 per cent, the saving in emissions would be around 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Which equates to driving approximately 1,500 times around the world.