In short, Harlan's new packaging material is 100% biobased green cell foam. It is entirely compostable, biodegradable, recyclable, dissolvable, and clean burning. The only thing it is not, I suspect, is edible.
It is, additionally, a game changer for cult wines. In the ever tortuous journey to be the best, a packaging material that goes neatly and cleanly into the fireplace as you warm up with a glass of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is more than a neat trick. It is a bold step away from foam, which is always makes me cringe, and recycled shippers, which are better, but unsightly.
It's just too bad the wine didn't arrive when I still had the fireplace open.