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Brewing company announces new packaging plan

Molson Coors, one of the world’s largest brewers, has committed to new packaging strategy that will see the company make its packaging completely reusable, recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025.

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Canadian company Molson and American firm Coors joined forces in 2005 to become Molson Coors

The multinational company, which produces well-known beer brands including Coors Light and Carling, has released its 2019 Sustainability Report which outlines its plans for improving its packaging, reducing emissions and working to support a circular economy.

“As a global brewer with a strong family heritage, we have always taken seriously our responsibility to brew a more sustainable future,” says Molson Coors chief executive officer, Mark Hunter. “Plastic waste poses a clear environmental challenge, and as a consumer-packaged goods company, we play an important role in helping to solve the global waste crisis.”

As well as making its packaging more environmentally friendly, Molson Coors is aiming to achieve and incorporate at least 30% recycled content in its PET bottles, plastic film wrap and plastic rings.

We want to ensure that every glass of beer we brew supports our communities and protects our environment for future generations

In the UK, the business is aiming to remove plastic rings from Carling and Coors Light cans by the end of March 2021, eventually switching to 100% recyclable cardboard sleeves.

Molson Coors also plans to remove plastic film wrap from large multipacks in the UK by the end of March 2020, instead using cardboard packaging.

“More than securing our business, we want to secure our planet,” adds Hunter. “We want to ensure that every glass of beer we brew supports our communities and protects our environment for future generations.”

The company has also pledged to reduce carbon emissions from its packaging by 26%, which it says is the largest source of emissions across its value chain, by working with its packaging suppliers to make ‘continuous improvements to packaging type and materials,’ and promoting use of renewable energy sources where possible.

According to Molson Coors, the company has achieved zero waste to landfill at 17 of its brewing and manufacturing facilities, marking an improvement of three sites over the last year.

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