Bacardi strengthens its commitment to the environment with biodegradable bottles
Bacardi launches 100% biodegradable bottles with the goal of being 100% plastic-free by 2023.
The spirits company, known for its Bacardi rum, has created an eco-friendly bottle that breaks down in 18 months. It’s a leap forward for Bacardi, which is fighting climate change and plastic pollution. This creation reinforces the company’s commitment to be 100% plastic-free by 2023.
Thanks to these biodegradable bottles, 80 million plastic bottles or 3,000 tons of plastic will be replaced. This is the amount Bacardi currently produces each year.
To achieve this, Bacardi is working closely with Danimer Scientific, a leading developer and manufacturer of biodegradable products. Danimer Scientific will replace Bacardi’s petroleum-based plastics with Danimer Scientific Nodax PHA. The latter is a biopolymer derived from natural oils from seeds of plants such as palm, canola, and soybeans.
While the usual plastic can take more than 400 years to decompose, the new bottle takes 18 months. The bottle can biodegrade in different environments such as compost, soil, fresh water and salt water. This material will disappear without leaving harmful traces of microplastics.
The first product in the Bacardi spirits family to use this bottle will be the rum range. It will be followed by portfolio brands such as Bombay Sapphire gin, Grey Goose vodka, Patron tequila, vermouth Martini and Dewars scotch whisky.
Bacardi will also create a paper bottle
In addition to using the new 100% biopolymer bottle the brand will also create a sustainable paper bottle. Despite being environmentally friendly, Nodax PHA polymer will ensure the quality and taste of the spirit inside the bottle.
Jean-Marc Lambert, Senior Vice President of Global Operations for Bacardi, said: “When we set a goal to be 100% plastic-free by 2030, we knew that revolutionary advances in packaging design would be needed to make it feasible, and that’s exactly what’s happening through our partnership with Danimer.
To learn more about Bacardi’s commitment to the environment and its vision for becoming the most responsible spirits company, visit bacardilimited.com/corporate-responsibility/.
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