MEXICO CITY, Mexico – In an effort to help redesign a common source of plastic, the Corona brand is using plastic-free six-pack rings on its beer cans. The rings are made from plant-based biodegradable fibers and include byproduct waste as well as compostable materials.
If left in the environment, Corona’s six-pack rings break down into organic material that is not harmful to wildlife. The move aligns with the brand’s commitment with non-profit organization Parley for the Oceans.
“The beach is an important part of Corona’s DNA and we have been working with Parley to address the issue on the frontlines where plastic is physically accumulating,” said Evan Ellman, Corona Better World Director.
In the same industry, Carlsberg beer ditched its plastic rings altogether to avoid any plastic waste and is instead using glue to connect multi-packs of its beer. The standard plastic six-pack rings are made from a form of polyethylene that will create smaller pieces of plastic when not recycled.
The plastic-free rings will debut in Tulum, Mexico in 2019 and expand to the U.K.