Bacardi unveils plant-based biodegradable bottles to replace plastic ones

The company is planning the roll out the new bottles across the brand's portfolio by 2023.

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Bacardi, one of the largest spirits in company in the world, has recently teamed up with Danimer Scientific, a Georgia-based biopolymer manufacturer, to produce a new type of bottle made from natural oils, palm seeds, canola and soy.

The idea is to create a plant polymer-based bottle which will biodegrade after 18 months without leaving any plastic footprint behind it. The company has plans to roll out the first batch of bottle across their portfolio by 2023 and obviously the goal is to replace plastic-based bottles altogether in the future, as part of the company's effort to get rid of plastic by 2030.

Ned Duggan, Senior Vice President of Bacardi Rum, said they're very "excited to be pioneering this new biopolymer technology for the benefit of all Bacardi brands and the entire spirits industry. Over our 158-year history, Bacardi 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".

Bacardi will first begin utilising the plastic-free bottle for their flagship rum and the plant-based bottle will then replace plastic-based bottles across all brands including Bombay Sapphire, Patrón Tequila,Grey Goose Vodka and Dewar’s Scotch whisky.

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