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Recycling At Vino Pair

Vino Pair's Commitment To The Environment

  • Strive To Use 100% Recycled Packaging Materials.
  • Encourage Customers to Recycle Packaging.
  • Educate How To Creatively Repurpose Packaging.
  • Continually Seek Improvements In Sustainable Packaging.  

Vino Pair's Recycling Guide 

How To Recycle Vino Pair's Cardboard Box

What is the Vino Pair shipping box made from?

The cardboard boxes Vino Pair uses is made from 100% recycled corrugated cardboard from our partner, Pratt Industries.  Inside the box, cardboard inserts, made from the same Pratt Industries material, are used to separate the contents.  These inserts can also be reused or recycled.

Pratt’s facilities are some of the most advanced and efficient in the industry.  Learn more about what Pratt Industries is doing to modernize box manufacturing in the US.


Cardboard King Richard Pratt at the Coolaroo Visy Paper recycling plant in Australia.
Photo: Michael Rayner

How to recycle the cardboard Vino Pair ships?

You can recycle this box and all cardboard inserts at any recycling location that accepts cardboard.  If you are in an area that does not offer curbside pickup of cardboard, please see the following websites where to take the cardboard.

http://www.recyclerfinder.com/
http://www.recyclingcenters.org/
http://recyclenation.com/

How To Recycle Vino Pair's Glass Bottles

Does Vino Pair ship glass?

Vino Pair ships wine bottles and all types of glass containers used for jams, jellies, honey, etc.  

Why recycle glass?

  • Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity.

  • Container deposit measures will further enhance the benefits associated with glass packaging.

  • 80% of the glass that is recovered is made into new glass products.

  • A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as little as 30 days. An estimated 80% of recovered glass containers are made into new glass bottles.

  • Glass is nonporous and impermeable, so there are no interactions between glass packaging and products to affect the flavor of food and beverages. No nasty after taste - ever.

  • Glass has an almost zero rate of chemical interactions, ensuring that the products inside a glass bottle keep their strength, aroma, and flavor.

  • When consumers choose foods or beverages that are packaged in glass, they avoid potential risks while enjoying a number of benefits.

  • To save energy.  A solitary bottle recycled will save enough energy to power a 100 watt light bulb for about an hour.


Tons of glass sitting and waiting to be recycled.

How to recycle the glass Vino Pair ships?

Glass containers for food and beverages and wine bottles are 100% recyclable.  You can recycle the bottles anywhere your community accepts glass recycling.  For a list of glass recycling centers in your area, please see the following resources:

http://www.recyclerfinder.com/
http://www.recyclingcenters.org/
http://recyclenation.com/

How to recycle the metal lids on the glass Vino Pair ships?

Metal caps from glass jars can be recycled as long as it’s placed in a curbside recycling bin separate from the jar.  If your community does not offer curbside pickup, they can also be placed directly in aluminum recycling bins.  Examples: tops from pasta sauce jars, jam jars, Ball canning jars (rings and discs).

How to recycle the foil from the wine bottles Vino Pair ships?

Foil from the wine bottles Vino Pair ships can be recycled and placed in the same bins as aluminum cans.

How To Recycle Vino Pair's Round Plastic Containers

How does Vino Pair ship nuts?

All of our round plastic containers are made from polyethylene terephthalate, often called #1 plastic, which is recyclable.

How do I know which plastic is recyclable?  The number system is confusing.


Above: List of plastic codes which correspond to a type of plastic.  See all recycling codes.

Unacceptable forms of recyclable plastic:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Styrofoam
  • Packing foam
  • Anything tied up in opaque plastic bags
  • PVC pipe, industrial pipes, or tubes
  • Anything with major food contamination

Acceptable forms of recyclable plastic include:

  • All plastic code numbers 1-7
  • All types of plastic nursery pots and trays (clean)
  • All types of plastic film and plastic bags bundled together

How to recycle the round plastic containers that Vino Pair ships?

You can reuse or recycle the round plastic containers from the Vino Pair box.  Plastic containers need to be washed well before reuse.  They are useful for storing anything that will fit in them like paper clips, food items, pins, and jewelry.  The #1 plastic containers are also useful for any leftovers. You can also recycle the plastic containers wherever #1 plastic is accepted. Number one plastic is the most common type of plastic recycled.  If #1 plastic is not recycled in your area, use the following links to assist in finding a recycling location.

http://www.recyclerfinder.com/
http://www.recyclingcenters.org/
http://recyclenation.com/

Thermal Lining

How does Vino Pair ensure a constant temperature in the shipping container?

Vino Pair uses a recycled liner, ice packs and express shipping to ensure freshness and quality.  The liner is composed of two recycled materials.  The outside, plastic part of the liner is made from #1 recyclable plastic.  The inside of the liner is made from 100% biodegradable enhanced organic cotton, aka recycled denim.  The two work together to create a thermal barrier in the box that ensures a constant temp.  

What to do with it?

Start by separating the outer plastic packaging/bag from the cotton insulator.  The outer plastic packaging/bag is #1 plastic and can be recycled with your other #1 plastic.  Because of the biodegradable properties of the enhanced cotton, you can throw it away in the trash where it will decompose in a landfill in less than 6 months.  New rules instituted in 2013, requires biodegradable "marketed" products to actually biodegrade in 365 days or less. You can also use the cotton in a compost or donate to a composting company so long as they accept enhanced cotton.

Cork

What is cork made of?

Cork comes from the bark of the Quercus suber tree which is native to the southwest Europe and northwest Africa.  The small amount of cork found in the Vino Pair box will come from uncorking the wine bottle.

What to do with it?

Cork is recyclable.  Please see http://recork.org/locations for where to take corks in your area.  Cork has many uses after it's most important job of protecting the wine.  You can cut up cork and mix it in with the soil from your plants.  Cork with help keep the plant moist as it naturally retains water.

Herb Container

What are the Vino Pair herb containers made of?

The herb containers Vino Pair uses to ship fresh herbs in are exactly like the ones you will find in your grocery store produce section.  They are absolutely recyclable and are made from #1 plastic.

How to recycle the herb containers?

Leave the #1 plastic herb container in your curb-side recycle bin.  If #1 plastic is not recycled in your area, use the following links to assist in finding a recycling location.

http://www.recyclerfinder.com/
http://www.recyclingcenters.org/
http://recyclenation.com/

Ice Packs

What is it made of?

Our ice packs are made from 98% water and 2% Carboxymethyl Cellulose with a polyethylene bag to keep the materials sealed.

What to do with it?

You can cut the bag open and dump the water based solution down the sink and then recycle the bag wherever they accept #2 plastics.  If you are worried about contaminating the water supply in your community, please see this University of Nebraska Environmental Health & Safety Document titled "What Material Can I Put In the Trash or Down the Drain" that shows Carboxymethyl Cellulose is safe to pour down the drain.