Enjoying great wine shouldn’t cost the earth

Laylo was created to make environmentally conscious drinking a no-brainer... Delicious wine, fresh for 6 weeks in beautifully designed packaging - which just so happens to be better for the planet. We know we still have further to go, and we’re busy working on ways we can reduce our impact even further. You can learn more about why we’re backing boxes as the future of wine below.

Laura & Laura 

Founders of Laylo

It’s time for a change

The design of glass wine bottles has barely changed in 200 years. But the amount of bottles and how we ship them around the world really has - and it has become unsustainable. 

We are all becoming more aware of the impact our choices have on the planet. We believe that drinking great wine is a joy we all deserve, and it needn’t cost the earth. 

Glass bottles have a purpose for fancy wines which require ageing - however those are not the wines that most of us drink. Boxed wine is the smartest alternative, and improvements in the materials used to create the bags means great quality wines will stay tasting great.

Boxes are better than bottles

Uses less energy

Making glass requires temperatures of over 1500°C, which is one of the reasons that the carbon footprint of wine stored in bottles is a whopping 9x higher than for the same wine stored in boxes. If you enjoy a bottle a week, you could save 20kg of CO2 emissions over the course of a year by switching to boxes. That’s the same as leaving a 42" HD TV on non-stop for a month!

Easier to ship

Your wine goes on quite a journey before it ends up on your wine rack, requiring long journeys on lorries or across the sea. They are heavy (a tonne of wine in bottles requires 720kg of glass) and round bottles can’t be tightly packed which means a lot of wasted space. Plus they need to be shrouded in additional plastic packaging to avoid breakages. A triple-whammy of environmental misery. 

Less wine wasted

Every year in the UK, the equivalent of over 620 million bottles of wine are poured away because they aren’t consumed fast enough. That could fill over 5,000 swimming pools! Boxed wines stay fresh for 6 weeks after opening, so you can enjoy a cheeky midweek glass safe in the knowledge you won’t have to waste a single drop.

Boxed wine is a sustainable choice which doesn’t compromise on taste, design or convenience

How to recycle boxed wines

Of course, the big advantage of glass is that it can be recycled over and over. Let’s break down how boxed wine compares.

1. The cardboard box

This is easily recycled in your standard household recycling collection. The packaging we use for shipping is also 100% cardboard - no nasty polystyrene bottle protectors here!

2. The bag and the tap

In order to keep the wines tasting great for longer, the bag is made of a complex polymer, which is trickier to recycle but definitely possible. Some local councils will collect this, but unfortunately others won’t.

In the meantime, we have partnered with Enval to ensure that all Laylo drinkers can recycle their bags and taps. Add our recyclable mailing bag  to any order to return your bags to us for free. Each envelope can hold up to 10 bags, so save up a few before popping them in the post! 

Calling for change

The wine industry is long overdue a change when it comes to sustainable packaging, and we’re excited you’re joining us in being a part of it. 

As always, we love hearing from you, so if you have thoughts, gripes, ideas or know anyone who can work with us on tackling these problems, let us know at hello@drinklaylo.com