Molson Coors has announced that it is removing the plastic packaging from its Carling and Coors Light brands in the UK and Ireland, as part of new global packaging goals.
The brewer, which just recently announced a set of new global packaging goals, is seeking to have 100% of its packaging to be reusable, recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025.
Molson Coors said it is investing up to €8.1 million over the next two years to implement the changes.
The changes will see the brewer remove the plastic film wrap from large multipacks by the end of March 2020, replacing the plastic wrap with 100% recyclable fully enclosed carton board.
By the end of March 2021, it will also remove plastic rings from Carling and Coors Light cans, switching to 100% recyclable cardboard sleeves.
“We recognise the challenge of single-use plastics and we’re committed to reducing its use throughout our supply chain,” Kristin Wolfe, Molson Coors UK & Ireland Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, said.
“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.”
Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter added that, as a global brewer with a strong family heritage, the group is responsible for brewing “a more sustainable future”.
“Plastic waste poses a clear environmental challenge, and as a consumer-packaged-goods company, we play an important role in helping to solve the global waste crisis,” he said.
Molson Coors announced its new packaging goals as part of the release of its sustainability report, Our Beer Print Report 2019, which also details its latest performance against its 2025 Our Beer Print sustainability goals.
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