Winemaker Reduces Carbon Footprint, But Is Her Solution a Good Idea?

The resident winemaker of Filipino wine brand Basi del Diablo has decided to reuse old bottles to reduce its carbon footprint. The brand has been a staunch advocate for better production processes to ensure that it does not use up too many resources.

Sigrid Salucop, the Chief Executive Officer of Salucop Group, Inc. and the brand’s winemaker, says that reusing their own bottles and bottles from other brands “is a wonderful idea”.

Basi del Diablo Wines bought new wine bottles by the bulk before but as supplies in their small warehouse dwindled, management decided to get bottle washing equipment. The move also saves the company “a lot of money” per annum, according to Salucop Group’s finance chief Sissel Salucop.

“It was not just a financial decision. We had our promise to sustainable production in mind when we got equipment to sterilise bottles,” says Sigrid Salucop.

“I had reservations about reusing bottles because of sanitation concerns but when we got our equipment, my worries were put to rest. This is a good move for us as a company since we know that it decreases our carbon footprint. Wineries use materials that take a lot of energy and resources to produce and we’d like to ensure that we do not contribute to more CO2 production,” Salucop adds.

The brand knows, however, that its steps to make its processes friendlier to the environment are “minuscule in the grand scale” but the CEO of Salucop Group believes that “every little thing counts”.

Climate change poses a fundamental threat to the places, species, and people’s livelihoods,” the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says. The WWF notes that there is a need to “reduce carbon pollution”. The fund has been working with policymakers and businesses to reduce carbon emissions.

“Used bottles are now being returned by our buyers because they know about the brand’s and the group’s stand on sustainability. This is a good thing for us financially and it also helps us sleep better. We owe so much to the environment and we would like our message to resonate with others,” Sissel Salucop, the group’s finance chief says.  

It is noted by Salucop Group that successful bottle washing facilities exist in Europe and other places. Most of them, according to the company’s research, clean and sterilise wine bottles from material recycling facilities (MRFs). The brand’s bottle washing and sterilising operation is small scale compared to said facilities though and only meant to supply what Basi del Diablo needs.





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