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  • Writer's pictureLiz Ogumbo-Regisford

Repurposing Wine Bottles For Sustainability

Repurposing wine bottles is fantastic for several reasons! Besides being that sustainable practice we should all have adapted by now, repurposing your wine bottles is a creative outlet through which transforming bottles into something useful or decorative can be a lot of fun as well as a great stress release.

As Reusing glass is crucial for various reasons, here are our top 5 Benefits that come with reusing our wine bottles:


1.     Environmental Impact: 

Highlighting its significance in environmental sustainability, Reusing wine bottles reduces the need for manufacturing new bottles, which helps conserve resources such as sand, soda ash, and energy used in glass production. It cuts down on the carbon emissions associated with the manufacturing process and decreases the amount of waste that would otherwise end up in landfills. By reusing bottles, you're extending their lifespan, preventing them from becoming single-use items that are quickly discarded. This directly reduces the amount of waste generated.


Credit: Waste Wise Product Inc

2.     Creative customisation: 

Reusing wine bottles allows for creative customisation. They can be repurposed as DIY decorative elements, crafts, or containers for various liquids like homemade beverages, sauces, or oils. It provides a canvas for artistic expression and functional creativity.


3.     Cost Savings: 

Reusing wine bottles can save money, both for individuals and businesses. Instead of purchasing new bottles, reusing cleaned and sterilised bottles is a cost-effective alternative.


4.     Sustainability: 

Embracing the reuse of wine bottles aligns with sustainable practices. It promotes a circular economy by keeping items in use for longer periods, reducing the demand for new materials and minimising environmental impact.


5.     Versatility: 

Wine bottles are versatile in their design and size, making them suitable for a wide range of uses beyond holding wine.


Overall, reusing wine bottles offers a sustainable and creative way to minimise waste, save resources, and find new purposes for these versatile containers.



1.     Art and Decor: 

We paint our empty bottles to recreate unique home decor items. These pieces can be turned into decorative DIY project like centrepieces, sculptures, wall art, furniture and more.


2.     Plant/ flower vases: 

While you can use wine bottles in the garden as borders for flower beds or create a decorative edging by burying them neck-down in the soil, we cut the bottles horizontally or diagonally as small self-watering planters for potted plants. You can put your used wine bottles at home by painting them, wrapping them in twine, or decorating them to match your decor. 


3.     Storage Containers: 

After we clean these bottles, we paint our wine bottles in different designs and use them to store homemade infused oils, homemade salad dressings, syrups or as simple water bottles. For drinking glasses, we cut our bottles into glasses by using glass-cutting tools, sand the edges to make them smooth and safe for drinking.


4.     Candle Holders: 

Similar to the water glasses, we cut the tops off the bottles to create unique candle holders. You can place tea lights inside, or use them for larger candles.


5.     Lamps and Lighting: 

Transform wine bottles into lamps by inserting LED lights or string lights inside. You can also cut the bottom of the bottle to make a hanging pendant lamp.

Photo Credit: Architecture Art Designs

Make your Wine Art Therapy rendez-vous at our Liz Ogumbo Wines tasting room and join us in positively impacting the environment through repurposing our already used bottles and corks.The versatility of wine bottles makes them great for various upcycling and DIY projects and with just a bit of creativity and some basic tools, you can give these bottles a new purpose and add unique touches to your home or garden.


Remember that repurposing your existing glass packaging consumes 40% less energy than making new glass. Less energy used means reduced emissions of nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide, both greenhouse gases. Reduces air pollution by 20% over making new glass. Reduces water pollution by 50% over making new glass.

Yours fabulously,


Liz Ogumbo


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