Without a doubt, glass bottles are greener than wine boxes.
Calculating a carbon footprint based solely on trucking capacity is myopic and fails to consider the carbon costs for extraction and manufacturing.
Just envision the various elements that have to go into creating a wine box. It involves many more steps, materials and energy inputs than are required for making a glass bottle.
As for recycling, most communities can handle glass, which is 100 percent recyclable. Good luck finding programs that handle wine boxes.
The choice is clear: glass is greener.
Setting aside the biases of the messenger (Cattaneo is from the Glass Packaging Institute), does this message ring true to you, serious eaters? Have you had trouble recycling wine boxes?