One of the things we love best about the California wine industry is its commitment to preserving land and resources for future generations (of both grapevines and people). So, when it comes to our own company’s day-to-day business practices, it is absolutely essential that we honor that mission and place sustainability high on our list of core values.
That includes storing our wines in an efficient temperature-controlled warehouse, running our website on servers that use as little power and cooling as possible to minimize our online carbon footprint, recycling/composting in our daily business operations, and choosing vendors that have a similar mission to our own. Of course, that means our packaging must be of superior quality, efficiently produced and fully recyclable.
Enter: Heritage Paper.
As one of our favorite California companies, Heritage Paper’s commitment to producing extraordinary green packaging goes well beyond the pulp. Every element of their final product has been thoughtfully considered to maximize the impact of their overall green strategy.
It begins with manufacturing.
Heritage Paper’s designers and production team have labored to produce packaging solutions that minimize the use of raw materials, and have done so in one of the most state-of-the-art facilities we’ve ever encountered, sporting a multimillion dollar solar technology installation in Livermore, California. This, from the Heritage website:
“The [solar installation] has reduced the power purchases at the facility by more than 90%. This reduction in demand for power has translated to approximately 750,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide emitted annually by the local electric utility — the same volume of carbon dioxide that would be absorbed by planting more than 200,000 acres of trees.”
Additionally, the facility employs corn-based (PLA) plastics, recycled papers, digital printing using eco-friendly soy-based inks, and compost-ready adhesives in the manufacturing of all of its products, as well as using “tree free” and low-carbon paper products made from actual rocks, such as limestone, whenever possible. Plus, any and all waste they produce during manufacturing is recycled.
Sustainability never sleeps.
The facility in Livermore is striving to become a zero discharge wastewater facility, and has planned the installation of an industrial ‘closed-loop’ wastewater filtration and treatment system. At present, the facility discharges clean, filtered water back into the public water system, but since the plant uses nearly 1,000 gallons of water per day, reducing its water consumption by 95% will have a significant positive impact for local community and the environment.
These are just some of the efforts Heritage Paper makes in the name of sustainability. If you’d like to read more, visit their website at http://www.heritagepaper.com/profile1/eco-friendly/.