Every six days, a new craft brewery opens in Australia according to a report by The New Daily. But between clinking cans and all the beer-loving merriment, waste is inevitably created.
Typically made from conventional plastic, beer can rings are durable and practical. But plastic can rings are proven to be an epidemic and are polluting our oceans with devastating consequences for marine life.
While cans need to be held together somehow, negative environmental impacts need to be considered and more sustainable alternatives must be sought. Therefore, it’s no surprise that many breweries got involved in last Friday’s #ClimateStrike – because there is “No Beer On A Dead Planet”. Now they can take climate action and switch to a more sustainable beer ring solution.
Conventional plastic can rings are damaging the environment
Beer can rings do a brilliant job of keeping cans together, but once they reach the end consumer they’re on their way to landfill at best. All too often, beer can rings end up in the natural environment posing a deadly risk to wildlife and breaking down into micro plastics.
It would be easy to think that a few can rings can’t do all that much damage, but at scale there’s actually a vast amount of plastic produced and large volumes of waste. In fact, The World Counts estimates that 200 billion aluminum cans are used every single year.
- Conventional plastic can rings are made from fossil resources
- Plastic six-pack can rings do not safely biodegrade
- Plastic can rings are harmful to marine life
- Conventional plastic can rings are not carbon neutral
- Traditional six-pack ring made from plastic can take as many 450 years to completely decompose
Compostable, carbon neutral can rings a responsible solution
In response to more than a million marine life killed from plastic entanglement each year, Australian-based foodservice packaging manufacturers BioPak, have the solution with their world’s first certified home compostable and 100% carbon neutral beer can rings made from sugarcane, not oil.
The eco-friendly beer can rings are made from reclaimed and rapidly renewable sugarcane pulp — also known as bagasse.
Throwaway plastic packaging makes up 40% of the demand for plastic. By the end of 2015, 8.3bn metric tonnes of plastic had been produced worldwide, with two-thirds being released and remaining in the environment. Even if the sugarcane beer ring holders were disposed of wrongly and somehow ended up in the ocean, it would just take days for them to break down, opposed to their conventional plastic counterparts that can take a couple of hundred years.
One brewery can make a big difference
This innovative product is a more responsible alternative to the widely used conventional plastic can rings, has a lower environmental footprint, and poses less of a threat to wildlife and marine animals.
If a brewery swapped 100,000 plastic can holders a year for the BioPak sugarcane alternative, they would avoid 1.6 tonnes of plastic from being made and therefore significantly cut their carbon emissions and help fight climate change.