Carlsberg replaces plastic with recyclable glue

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Carlsberg predicts the glue will eliminate 1,200 tonnes of plastic waste per year

Carlsberg has revealed plans to replace its plastic can holders with recyclable glue.

Packs of cans will be held together by blobs of a strong glue, which has been designed to withstand a range of temperatures including storage, transportation refrigeration.

Carlsberg predicts the Snap Pack glue, which has been three years in the making, will eliminate 1,200 tonnes of plastic waste per year.

The glue can be recycled alongside the aluminium cans.

Plastic pack rings, known in the industry as hi-cones or yokes, have become an environmental issue by contributing to plastic pollution and posing a threat to marine life.

Sue Kinsey, senior pollution policy officer at the Marine Conservation Society, welcomed the development.

She said: “This is an interesting development and will help cut down the amount of plastic on our beaches and in our seas. These kinds of can yokes are regularly found in small numbers on our beach cleans.

During last year’s Great British Beach Clean we found around 100 over one weekend. However, they are a hazard to wildlife which can get entangled in them. Any steps taken to stop the flow of plastics to our oceans are to be welcomed.”

The cans will appear in some Tesco branches in the UK, before being expanded to Carlsberg’s other drinks portfolio which includes San Miguel and Tuborg.

Simon Boas Hoffmeyer, sustainability director at Carlsberg Group, added: “Snap Pack is the latest in a series of packaging innovations from Carlsberg. We recognise our responsibility to operate sustainably and always strive for better.”

Other innovations include special inks to improve label recyclability and improved caps that remove oxygen from bottles to make the beer taste fresher for longer.

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