You might not realize it, but today is "Blog Action Day." As the organizers put it, "On October 15th, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind - the environment." I considered organizing "Annoyed Librarian Blog Action Day" to try to encourage bloggers around the web to unite and blog about the AL, but then I realized my feelings might get hurt if just a few people did it and they were really mean or something, so I'm blogging about the environment. I think I'm being boycotted by a lot of librarian bloggers anyway because they know that every time they criticize me I get a bunch of new fans and they just hate that.
I've noted before that I'm not a nature loving sort of gal, but I do think it's important to have an environment, so I don't mind doing my part to save it. Some people donate money to environmental charities, but I'm a librarian and every dollar counts. Some people make movies about how bad the environment is, but those people all have more money than me, too. Some celebrities go on talk shows and tell the world about their electric cars and stuff, neglecting to mention their private jets, but if I went on Oprah I'd have to reveal my identity, so I'll just be a celebrity in secret. I'm like Batman (or perhaps Batwoman; is there a Batwoman?), living as a boring librarian during the day, being the AL by night.
So, you ask, how am I saving the environment? I'm saving the environment the Annoyed Librarian way: by drinking, specifically Banrock Station Wine. I would never give up the martinis, but now I temper the effects with some inexpensive wine that saves the world with every glass I drink. Besides, the martini is properly treated as an aperitif, and one needs something to drink during and after dinner. It doesn't matter, because neither Tanqueray nor Beefeaters nor Bombay Dry save the environment. I know. I checked.
And how does drinking this wine save the environment? Because Banrock Station in Australia is also a nature reserve where the company is restoring some damaged wetlands. I never want to be in a wetland, but they seem to be the sorts of things that an environment needs. Because of Banrock Station's success in Australia, they now sponsor preservation and nature reclamation projects around the world, including the Florida Everglades. This is actually a company that does good things, besides making a useful product and employing a lot of people and stuff like that. Most companies do that boring stuff, but they don't save the world.
Thus, buying Banrock Station Wine helps Banrock Station do their good environmental work. That's the kind of environmental activism I like!
Did I mention this stuff is cheap? Partly, it's inexpensive because I'm buying the boxed variety, or what I understand the Aussies call "cask wine." When Americans think box wine, they usually think crappy wine, and they're usually right. But I gather from my extensive research on the topic, using both Google and the Wikipedia, that in other parts of the world this isn't necessarily the case. In fact, the box wine packaging is superior to a bottle in the short run, because as the bag holding the wine collapses, no air gets in, which means the wine stays fresh for weeks. No need to try to finish off that bottle of merlot because it'll be stale tomorrow. (On the other hand, that's always a good excuse to finish off a bottle of wine that never works when you're talking about a bottle of gin, though "I've just got to finish off this vermouth tonight" might work.) One doesn't want to store this stuff in one's wine cellar for years, but for casual wine drinking it's very convenient. I don't have a wine cellar, anyway.
The box has 3 liters of wine in hardly more space than 2 regular wine bottles, and it's lighter and cheaper to ship. Thus, even the shipping is less hazardous on the environment because less fuel is used to ship the wine. It costs about the equivalent of $5/bottle, and you can recycle the box when you're done, whereas you would have had to recycle 4 bottles. I don't know if you can recycle the cute foil bags the wine comes in, but I don't have to think about it because I make Christmas gifts out of them.
As for the taste, eh, it's not bad. I'm not a wine snob, except for vermouth. I could probably tell you within a couple of sips what gin you've made my martini with, but as long as it doesn't taste actively bad I can't tell much difference with wine. I like it okay. But even if I didn't like it, I would continue to drink it, because the more of this wine I consume, the better for the environment it will be. As usual, I'm willing to sacrifice myself for the greater good. I hope you remember that when I declare Annoyed Librarian Blog Action Day.