Alcoholic Beverage packaging that can be re-purposed is outlawed

The New York State Liquor Authority is not very “green” since it outlaws packaging that can be re-purposed after the alcoholic beverage is consumed. Florists regularly use ornamental containers that are designed for subsequent use as dishware, candy jars, teapots and the like. Using a similar concept in packaging for alcoholic beverages is prohibited because it gives the packaging after use a secondary value to the customer. Alcoholic beverage bottles can be ornamental but not generally recognized as useable after the alcohol has been consumed. Containers such as beer steins, decanters, mugs or glasses are not permitted as containers to hold the product for sale on store shelves.  (Such items can be included in gift packages sold with a bottle of alcohol.)

For more information, refer to Advisory 2014-5