Evaluation of the environmental impacts of Cork Stoppers versus Aluminium and Plastic Closures

Corticeira Amorim has requested the aid of PricewaterhouseCoopers/Ecobilan to quantify and compare the environmental impacts of cork stoppers versus aluminium and plastic closures on the UK market of wine. The closures considered in this study were: the Natural cork stopper produced by Amorim & Irmãos1 in Portugal (Santa Maria de Lamas) with dimensions 45mm X 24 mm and 3,5 g of weight; a typical aluminium closure produced in France with dimensions 60 mm x 30 mm and 4,6 g of weight and a typical plastic closure produced in Belgium with dimensions 43 mm x 22 mm and 6,2 g of weight.

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