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Plastic-Free Beer Packaging

AB InBev is Cutting Plastic Rings from Beer Can Packaging in the UK

— September 27, 2019 — Eco
AB InBev's Budweiser Brewing Group UK & Ireland has announced plans to eliminate plastic rings from all of its beer can packaging in the UK in a bid to shift towards a more sustainable ethos.

The packaging shift will include products from Budweiser, Bud Light and Stella Artois cease use of plastic rings in favor of recyclable cardboard. This is reported to eliminate 850 tonnes of plastic from being created each year with the removal of 250 tonnes of plastic rings and 600 tonnes of shrink wrap.

The new beer can packaging initiative was explained by President of Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I Paula Lindenberg who said, "Protecting our natural resources and operating efficiently is crucial for our business, as well as the communities we live and work in. This is why we have spent the past decade investing in circular packaging initiatives around the world to close the loop and reduce waste. We’re proud of the work we’ve already done so far, but we realized more needed to be done to address the issue of single-use plastics. This announcement ensures that the UK’s favorite beers will soon come in recyclable paperboard packaging, so consumers can make even better choices each time they shop."
Trend Themes
1. Sustainable Packaging - The elimination of plastic rings from beer can packaging presents an opportunity for companies to invest in sustainable packaging alternatives.
2. Circular Packaging Initiatives - Investing in circular packaging initiatives can help businesses reduce waste and create a closed-loop system.
3. Consumer Choice - The shift towards recyclable paperboard packaging gives consumers the option to make more environmentally-friendly choices when shopping for beer.
Industry Implications
1. Beverage Industry - Beverage companies can explore sustainable packaging solutions to reduce their environmental impact and meet consumer demand for eco-friendly options.
2. Packaging Industry - With the elimination of plastic rings, the packaging industry can develop innovative and recyclable alternatives that align with sustainability goals.
3. Consumer Goods Industry - The consumer goods industry can leverage sustainable packaging as a competitive advantage, appealing to environmentally-conscious consumers.
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