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24/09/10

Light, unbreakable and eco-friendly

Marks & Spencer will be the first retailer in the UK to convert its entire line of mini (25cl) wine bottles from glass to environmentally-friendly polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic to meet consumer demand for lighter and unbreakable bottles. The shift is expected to save 525 tons of packaging a year.

The mini bottles are 88 percent lighter than glass bottles, and use less energy to manufacture. The lightweight plastic bottles also reduce distribution emissions.

The retailer has been working in partnership with Paul Sapin and Roger Harris Wines to develop the new technology for the plastic bottles, which are guaranteed to keep wine fresh for at least 12 months.
It took two years to produce the MLP PET for wine bottles, which is made with two layers of polyethylene terephthalate and a barrier material in between that blocks oxygen from entering the bottles.

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