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Torres goes green with reduced bottle size

Bodegas Torres aims to lessen its carbon footprint by reducing the weight of its bottles used in wines such as Sangre de Toro and Viña Sol.

The company produces 18.7m Burgundy-shaped bottles per year, and in reducing their weight by 16.67%, will reduce the carbon emissions produced in making the bottles by the same amount.

Each gram of glass taken off the bottle weight will result in an equal reduction in carbon dioxide emissions released into the atmosphere.

Lightening the bottles will also lessen the amount of C02 emissions from the vehicles used to transport the wines.

Bottled at the end of May and destined for the European and American markets, Viña Sol 2008 is the first wine to be released in the new lighter bottles.

Torres is also set to reduce the weight of its Bordeaux-shaped bottles, of which 5.1m are produced annually.

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Written by Lucy Shaw

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