Guinness Removing Plastic from Beer Packaging

Galtero Lara
Abril 15, 2019

The British drinks maker said it would replace plastic ring carriers and shrink wrap with cardboard-based alternatives, which would be recycleable and biodegradable.

Diageo says under 5% of its total packaging is plastic and the changes will reduce usage by over 400 tonnes annually.

Guinness have announced that they will be making their new sustainable beer packs available in Ireland from August in 2019, before becoming available in the United Kingdom and other global markets in time for summer 2020.

From 2017, Diageo committed to phasing out plastic straws and stirrers and single-use plastic bottles from its sites and past year set a target to ensure 100 per cent of plastic used was recyclable, reusable or compostable from 2025.

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Additionally, David Cutter, Chief Sustainability Officer and President, Global Supply & Procurement, said: "Great packaging is essential for our products".

"I am proud to announce this investment, through which we have been able to combine all three".

The multi-can packs will be replaced by cardboard packs.

The move from Diageo builds on its global plastics strategy, which includes a headline commitment of ensuring that all plastics it uses are widely recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. Individual cans are fully recyclable. No other reproduction or distribution is permitted without prior written consent.

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