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Spirits maker Bacardi is moving to bottle all its brands in a 100% biodegradable plastic packaging made with plant-based oils by 2023, according to an announcement by the company. The transition will eliminate 80 million plastic bottles currently produced by the company each year.
The company said these new plastic bottles biodegrade in 18 months in compost, soil, fresh water and sea water, and do not leave microplastics behind. Additionally, Bacardi is looking into developing a sustainably sourced paper bottle.
PET plastic remains one of the most commonly used resins in food and beverage packaging. Pressure from consumers has forced food and beverage makers to pursue efforts to cut back on plastic and operate more sustainably. Bacardi is the latest entrant in the alcohol industry that has worked on releasing packaging solutions that are less reliant on petroleum-based plastics.