Guinness made many customers happy two years ago when they made their beers vegan! They stopped using isinglass, fish bladder often used in the filtration of beers to get that cloudiness. Now they’re making an eco-friendly change to their products. Diageo, makers of Guinness beer among others like Harp, Rockshore, and Smithwick’s will no longer use plastic in their packaging!

The plastic ring carriers and shrink wrap often used to package beers will be gone from these brands, and they’ll be “replaced with 100 percent recyclable and biodegradable cardboard.” This is a big win for the oceans that are littered with plastic pollution, but it’s also great news for animals. Marine and land animals both are often killed by plastic, especially when in the shape of something like the ring carriers found on beers that get caught on their necks and choke them.

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Diageo says this change will help them reduce their plastic use by over 400 tons a year! The new packaging will be seen in Ireland starting in August and will be available internationally as of 2020.

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