Guinness ditches plastic from beer packaging

Marco Green
April 15, 2019

Plastic ring carriers that can pose a threat to Britain's wildlife are being removed from packs of Guinness, Harp lager and Smithwick's beer.

The plastic shrink wrap now used to house the products, and the flexible plastic six-pack rings used to keep the cans together, will be replaced by cardboard sleeves and boxes, in a move which will reduce Diageo's plastic waste footprint by 400 tonnes per year.

Diageo says under 5% of its total packaging is plastic and the changes will reduce usage by over 400 tonnes annually. They will be replaced with 100 per cent recyclable and biodegradable cardboard.

Guinness have announced that they will be making their new sustainable beer packs available in Ireland from August in 2019, before becoming available in the United Kingdom and other worldwide markets in time for summer 2020.

The announcement comes after rival beverage company Carlsberg replaced the traditional plastic packaging wrapped around multi-packs with a recyclable glue that sticks the cans together.

As part of the move Diageo also said it was investing €9.25m in its Belfast bottling and packaging plant, which will be the first location to produce the new packaging. The facility packages products that are exported...

Diageo's Mark Sandys said: "We already have one of the most sustainable breweries in the world at St. James's Gate and we are now leading the way in sustainable packaging".

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