The familiar clink of a wine bottle could become a thing of the past after a British inventor created one made from paper.
Martin Myerscough is in talks with supermarkets to use his environmentally friendly Greenbottle from early next year.
The bottle, made of papier mache, has a carbon footprint just 10 per cent of a glass wine bottle – of which the UK uses 1.2billion a year.
Mr Myerscough, from Suffolk, has already invented cardboard milk bottles that are on sale at Asda. He said: ‘We’re hopeful the success we’ve had can be repeated with wine.’
The wine does not come into contact with the paper but is held in a plastic liner, similar to that of a wine box.
Wine expert Gerard Basset OBE, who runs the hotel TerraVina in Hampshire and won the title of World’s Best Sommelier in 2010, said: 'If the packaging will save time, money and is better for the environment, why not?
'But I expect it will only find favour with inexpensive, commodity wine.
'I can’t imagine it will ever take off for fine wine.’
Other advantages of the bottles is that they do not break when dropped, and weigh less in a shopping bag.
The cardboard shell also helps insulate white wine after it has been chilled in the fridge.
While in some countries, wine is available in Tetra-Pak containers, these are difficult to recycle Mr Myerscough said.
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