Meet the winery that`s never purchased a wine bottle

At Bunker Hill Winery, things are just a little bit different. Well, make that a LOT different.

This family-owned sustainable winery in Parrish, Florida is serving up unique wines in eco-friendly packaging and sharing their commitment to the environment with every bottle bought.

Recycled bottles just the beginning

First of all, Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery has never purchased a wine bottle. Ever. They pride themselves on the fact that they are the only winery to use 100% recycled wine bottles. Not just bottles made from recycled glass. Actual wine bottles from other wineries that have been sterilized and reused by Bunker Hill, which they estimate reduces their carbon footprint by 60 percent.

Think there would be a shortage of wine bottles to be reused? Not so. The EPA states that roughly 70% of all wine bottles (nearly three billion) end up in landfills each year.

Where do the wine bottles to be reused come from? Visitors often bring in bottles for Larry and Lenora Woodham, the owners, to use. The Woodhams also will pay for the shipping for customers to send their empty wine bottles back to Bunker Hill Winery for reuse. They acknowledge that it’s not as cost efficient as buying new bottles, but it’s important to them to reuse products, rather than recycling the materials.