Bacardi will soon sell its rum, gin, vodka in biodegradable bottles

Bacardi will soon sell its rum, gin, vodka in biodegradable bottles
Bacardi
  • The company said that the new bottle made from Nodax PHA will biodegrade and disappear after 18 months, without leaving behind harmful microplastics.
  • While Bacardi’s rum will be the first to be sold in the new bottle, the company’s other signature liquors will follow suit.
  • With this move, Bacardi joins the league of several beverage companies who have been moving towards sustainability as their plastic bottles have been a source of major pollution.
Liquor giant Bacardi has announced that it will soon sell its alcohol in biodegradable bottles. This is in line with the company’s plan of turning 100% plastic-free by 2030.

The company said that its 100% biodegradable bottle is “made from Nodax™ PHA and will biodegrade in a wide range of environments, including compost, soil, freshwater and sea water, and after 18 months disappear without leaving behind harmful microplastics.”

“Over our 158-year history, BACARDÍ has always believed in respecting the world’s natural resources and acting responsibly, from the sustainable sourcing of our sugarcane to the water and energy used to make our rum. We’re now excited to be pioneering this new biopolymer technology for the benefit of all Bacardi brands and the entire spirits industry,” said Ned Duggan, Senior Vice President, BACARDÍ, in a statement.

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While Bacardi’s rum will be the first to be sold in the new bottle, it will soon be followed by the company’s other signature liquor – Bombay Sapphire gin, Grey Goose vodka, Patron tequila, Martini vermouth and Dewar’s Scotch whisky.

With this move, Bacardi joins the league of several beverage companies who have been moving towards sustainability as their plastic bottles have been a source of major pollution. It is worthy to note that these large corporations have also received flak for increasing the consumption of plastic across the world – over a million plastic bottles are sold every minute. And it takes at least 450 years for a single plastic bottle to degrade. Companies across the globe have been working towards sustainable measures to deal with the impact of pollution and climate change.

Others like PepsiCo had announced that it is experimenting with recyclable paper bottles, while Coca Cola had promised that its plastic bottles will be replaced by biodegradable ones by 2023. Earlier in May, Coca Cola and Carlsberg had said that they are also experimenting with plant-based bottles.

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