Bacardi unveils ‘world’s most eco-friendly’ spirits bottle

The new 100% biodegradable bottle is forecast to eliminate 3,000 tonnes of plastic produced every year

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Bacardi has unveiled what claims to be the ‘world’s most eco-friendly’ spirits bottle in a bid to tackle plastic pollution.

The spirits giant teamed up with the US manufacturer of biodegradable products Danimer Scientific to develop a bottle made of natural oils from plant seeds, including palm, canola and soy.

While a regular plastic bottle takes over 400 years to decompose, the new biopolymer bottle is claimed to biodegrade in a range of environments including compost, soil, freshwater and seawater after just 18 months.

Forecast to eliminate 3,000 tonnes of plastic produced every year and replace 80 million plastic bottles currently used by the company, it is expected to enter the market in 2023.

Ned Duggan, Senior Vice President of BACARDÍ rum, said: “Over our 158-year history, BACARDÍ has always believed in respecting the world’s natural resources and acting responsibly, from the sustainable sourcing of our sugarcane to the water and energy used to make our rum.

“We’re now excited to be pioneering this new biopolymer technology for the benefit of all Bacardi brands and the entire spirits industry.”