Bacardi today revealed plans to switch to eco-friendly household appliances by 2023. According to official information, the new packaging will decompose in 18 months. A partnership with Danimer Scientific has allowed Bacardi to develop a total biodegradable bottle that will substitute about 80 million plastic bottles. The old-type bottles will be replaced with Danimer Scientific`s bottles, made from natural palm, canola, and soybean oils. While a regular plastic bottle is decomposed in 400 years, a new-type bottle made from Nodax PHA will decompose in 18 months.
Bacardi rum will be the first spirits to appear in a new bottle before plant-based material is used in place of single-use plastic throughout the Bacardi supply chain and all company’s brands.
With the introduction of the biodegradable material, Bacardi’s packaging design division will also tackle one of the longest-standing plastic problems in the beverage industry – the plastic gasket of bottle caps.
“This may sound like a minor improvement, but on a global scale it will get rid of tons of plastic,”
said Jean-Marc Lambert, senior vice president of Bacardi.
This step is one of the most important on the way for the company to achieve its goal of eliminating plastic in the next 10 years.
In addition to releasing a new bottle in 2023, the company has also decided to remove all plastic packaging in the next 3 years. However, do not assume that bioplastics are environmentally friendly. According to recent research, most types of bioplastics and plant materials do contain toxic chemicals (Lisa Zimmermann et al., Environment International).
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