Bacardi fights against plastic pollution with 100% biodegradable spirits bottle
Ambrosia|October 2020
The world’s most eco-friendly spirits bottle will biodegrade in 18 months as Bacardi swaps crude oil for seed oil as petroleum-based plastics are replaced by plantbased ‘wonder material’ – a silver bullet in fight against plastic pollution. Bacardi to eliminate at least 3,000 tons of plastic currently produced annually and help move needle for entire industry by sharing new technology with competitors

Bacardi, the world’s largest family-owned spirits company, has made a giant leap forward in the fight against climate change and plastic pollution recentlt, as it unveiled plans to put the world’s most sustainable spirits bottle on shelf by 2023.

The new 100% biodegradable bottle will replace 80 million plastic bottles – 3,000 tons of plastic – currently produced by Bacardi across its portfolio of brands every year.

This revolutionary move by Bacardi is possible thanks to its close collaboration with Danimer Scientific, a leading developer and manufacturer of biodegradable products. Petroleumbased plastics used by Bacardi today will be replaced by Danimer Scientific’s Nodax PHA, a biopolymer which derives from the natural oils of plant seeds such as palm, canola and soy. While a regular plastic bottle takes over 400 years to decompose, the new spirits bottle made from Nodax PHA will biodegrade in a wide range of environments, including compost, soil, freshwater and sea water, and after 18 months disappear without leaving behind harmful microplastics.

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