Sustainable beverage packaging should be an imperative for your brewery, especially when it comes to wrangling those pesky cans. The latest contender in this space comes from World Centric, a B Corp. that makes compostable products for the food service industry.
Its new compostable 4-can Fiber Can Rings are made exclusively from annually renewable plant fibers instead of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or low-density polyethylene (LDPE), which are commonly used with beer, soda and other cans, and are harmful to both the environment and wildlife. Plus, these are especially relevant as 16-oz 4-packs are trending big-time in the craft space.
“Flexible can rings are still commonly made from plastics despite public concerns about their harm to wildlife, and most people aren’t aware that plastic can rings are not always recyclable,” said Mark Stephany, World Centric Senior Vice President of Sales. “Beverage can rings contribute to the overwhelming problem of plastic waste that ends up in our oceans annually. Our fiber can rings are part of the solution.”
The new Fiber Can Rings provide a plant-based, compostable alternative that does not require petroleum, helps reduce carbon footprint, and keeps additional microplastics out of our oceans, forests, and landfills.
Made from sugarcane and bamboo, which are both annually renewable resources, the new World Centric can rings also limit use of timber materials in an effort to protect forests and indigenous communities whose livelihoods depend on these forests. World Centric’s Fiber 4-Can Carrier Rings give food and beverage service companies a more environmentally conscious way to deliver canned products. They are designed to compost within 2 to 4 months in a commercial composting facility.
Samples of the World Centric Fiber 4-Can Carrier Rings are available now to test in your operation. In addition to the sustainable innovation, World Centric annually gives 25% of its net profits to grassroots social and environmental projects that provide basic needs and economic development opportunities for communities. The company is one of the leading mission-driven businesses in the world, giving over $1,728,000 in cash and product donations in 2021.