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Top employer Diageo removes multipack plastic

Top employer Diageo removes multipack plastic

 May 13, 2019

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Environmental issues are becoming an increasing global concern. This is why many people are looking to work for companies which are conscious of their environmental impact and that take steps to make the world a greener place.

Prime employer for women, Diageo is removing plastic ring carriers and shrink wrap from multipacks of its beer brands including Guinness, Harp and Smithwick's. This is part of Diageo's overall commitment to creating a sustainable environment and positively impacting the communities in which it operates.

“Great packaging is essential for our products. Consumers expect our packs to look beautiful, be functional, and sustainable. I am proud to announce this investment, through which we have been able to combine all three. We have been working tirelessly to make our packaging more environmentally friendly and I’m thrilled with this outcome for Guinness and our other global beer brands," adds David Cutter, Chief Sustainability Officer and President, Global Supply & Procurement at Diageo.

Sustainably sourced, recyclable and fully biodegradable packaging

Diageo is investing an impressive £16million to reduce the quantity of plastics used in its beer packaging. This drive includes the introduction of 100% recyclable and biodegradable cardboard to replace plastic; a reduction of plastic waste that is the equivalent of removing 40 million 50cl plastic bottles from the world, which, if laid out in a row, would reach from London to Beijing (8,136km).

Diageo multi-can packs will be replaced by cardboard packs, which are sustainably sourced, recyclable and fully biodegradable. Individual cans are fully recyclable, including the widget which is contained inside cans of Draught Guinness.

“For 260 years Guinness has played a vital role in the communities around us. 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. This is good news for the brand, for our wider beer portfolio and for the environment," says Mark Sandys, Global Head of Beer, Baileys and Smirnoff at Diageo.

Global plastic targets to make a positive impact on the environment 

Diageo is making good progress in becoming a more eco-friendly company.

Currently, under 5% of Diageo's total packaging around the world is plastic and the company has announced new plastics targets.

Diageo is also constantly finding ways to work with its suppliers, customers and consumers to make its packaging more sustainable and its targets make sure that 100 per cent of plastics used are created to be widely recyclable, or reusable/compostable.

Diageo's global plastic targets include:

  • Making sure that 100 per cent of its plastic use is designed to be widely recyclable (or reusable/compostable), using plastics that allow for increased consumer recycling rates.
  • Achieving 40 per cent average recycled content in its plastic bottles.
  • Continuing to invest in circular economy opportunities and other sustainable packaging breakthroughs.
  • Increasing its support for recycling by increasing collaboration, particularly where Diageo has influence, and engaging with governments, peers and consumers to facilitate improved recycling.

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