Carling beer to ditch plastic packaging to become more sustainable

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Plastic wrapping will be removed from the UK’s best-selling larger, as brewer Molson Coors adopts sustainable packaging.

The UK brewer has announced it will replace plastic wrap on Carling beer with a recyclable cardboard sleeve by March 2020.

The change will also be applied to its Coors Light cans and is part of their global packaging goals, to become 100 percent reusable, recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025.

Plastic rings, which have been a hot topic of environmental concern in recent years for marine life, will also be removed by the brand by the end of March 2021.

Other alcohol brands, such as Carlsberg and Corona, have also taken steps to remove the plastic packing from their cans.

In September last year Carlsberg replaced the plastic rings on their cans with a special type of glue, which allowed them to be stuck together as a six-pack and individually snapped off.

While in December Corona trialled using “plant-based” biodegradable rings which, if littered, “break down intoorganic material that is not harmful to wildlife”.

Some 700 species of marine wildlife are believed to have eaten or got caught in plastic litter in our oceans, according to the Centre for Biological Diversity.

New Packaging

The plans to remove plastic film and rings are being completed in two phases by Molson Coors, in order to ensure a continuation in their supply, because parts of their manufacturing process will be closed to install the new equipment. 

Kristin Wolfe, of Molson Coors UK & Ireland, said: “We recognise the challenge of single-use plastics and we’re committed to reducing its use throughout our supply chain.

“The pledge we’ve made today, both globally and with the local actions we’re taking in the UK & Ireland, will significantly reduce single-use plastics in our packaging, reinforcing our long-term commitment to brewing greener and working towards our 2025 sustainability goals.”

In the UK, Molson Coors has five breweries, their two largest in Burton-upon-Trent and Tadcaster are zero waste to landfill sites along with 15 of their other global sites.


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