Australian brewer, Cascade brands has announced that it will discontinue the use of its plastic rings on its packs of cans following a sustainability pledge made by the company earlier this year. The pledge included Cascade's commitment to making 100 per cent of the company’s packaging returnable or mostly recyclable by 2025.
The beers will instead be packaged for supermarkets and bottle stores using cardboard packaging. With over 1 million plastic six-pack rings leaving the brewery every year Cascade is aware of the impact that they are having on wildlife and the environment.
“We know the plastic six packs are having a damaging effect on wildlife and the environment, and we’re pleased to have finalised the installation of new equipment at our brewery, allowing us to package our cans in cardboard,” said Carlton and United Breweries in a statement.
It is estimated that over 32 million pieces of plastic enter Australian waterways every day. With over 8 million tonnes feeding into the World’s oceans annually.
Other companies have also sought to halt the use of plastic beer ring packs on their products. A Florida company called Saltwater Brewing has created an alternative to the problem by crafting ring packs that are edible. The packs are made using a by-product of beer — spent grain, which can be ingested by wildlife without any harmful or possibly life-threatening side effects.
Founded in 1984, Cascade Brewery is Australia’s oldest operating brewery which is located in Hobart, Tasmania.