Below is the response I received to the e-mail I sent to GT's Kombucha on December 31st:
Hi, thanks for the email. :)
Bottles that are returned to the stores are simply taken to nearby recycling centers.
Just so you know, we are not able to reuse the bottles because of the amount of processing that is involved to sterilize the bottles again.
I hope that helps,
So, not the response I was hoping for (that they wash and reuse the bottles they take back from Whole Foods customers), but not all that surprising. At least they responded! My commentary will follow in a later post.