Beer brewery ditches plastic for cardboard
Australian brewery Cascade is the first of the Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) brands to announce it is discontinuing the use of plastic six-pack ring packaging on its cans, with others expected to follow over the next 12 months.
The Cascade Brewery produces over 1 million plastic six-pack ring packages each year, which CUB acknowledged is damaging to wildlife and the environment. Instead, the brewery will package its cans in cardboard only, thanks to the installation of new equipment.
The cardboard packaging will come into the Tasmanian market over the next couple of months.
Moving away from plastic six-pack rings will also help CUB reach its sustainability goals, in which it commits to packaging 100% of its products in returnable or majority recycled content by 2025.
“We believe the responsibility for our product extends well after the last mouthful of beer has been drunk,” said CUB.
“We are constantly looking for ways to increase the recycled material in our packaging, increase recycling rates around Australia through the recovery and re-use of glass and aluminium, and reduce the amount of material we use in our packaging.”
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