Buzz kill: Craft breweries use lots of resources and create lots of waste. So, how can you, craft brewer, begin to eco-fy your brewing operations? Let’s tackle packaging today. Cans are 100 percent recyclable — a great choice for beer makers to package and sell — but what about those pesky plastic rings? Brewers have alternatives, like recyclable cardboard packaging. There are those plastic can carriers that can be recycled, but maybe not curbside recycled. There are even biodegradable, compostable, plastic-free can handles like these E6PR holders. Now, here comes a new product…
World Centric, a California company that provides certified compostable products for the foodservice industry to reduce environmental impact, recently announced new compostable Fiber 4-Can Carrier Rings. The company’s new fiber can rings are made exclusively from annually renewable plant fibers instead of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or low-density polyethylene (LDPE). They are actually made from sugarcane and bamboo, which also helps limit the use of timber materials in an effort to protect forests and indigenous communities whose livelihoods depend on those forests. The rings are designed to compost within two to four months in a commercial composting facility.
From the press release:
“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 4-Can Carrier Ring 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. Sounds like a big win for any craft brewery.
Get Some Samples!
Samples of the World Centric Fiber 4-Can Carrier Rings are available now to test in your operation. In addition to its ground-breaking, innovative products, World Centric annually gives 25 percent of its net profits to grassroots social and environmental projects that provide basic needs and economic development opportunities for communities. The company is a leading mission-driven B Corp, giving over $1,728,000 in cash and product donations in 2021.