Heineken U.K. is joining other beer companies in reducing plastic. The company announced that cardboard would replace plastic rings used in cans with a cardboard alternative.

According to the company, starting in April 2020, the rings used on multi-pack cans will be made from sustainably-sourced cardboard. The packaging is recyclable and compostable. Starting with cans of Heineken, Foster’s and Kronenbourg 1664, all cans will be free from plastic by the end of 2021.

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The move, which will remove shrink wrapping, will save 517 tons of plastic each year.This commitment falls under Heineken’s sustainability strategy called, “Brew a Better World.” The investment in the cardboard topper was $28.1 million for the company.

Cindy Tervoort, Heineken U.K.‘s marketing director said of the new effort, “The effect of single-use plastic is having on our planet can’t be ignored. Creating an eco-friendly solution that eliminates plastic while still meeting the demands of our beer and cider drinkers has been a big focus in our business. Now, after years in development and huge investment, we are extremely pleased to announce our recyclable and compostable topper innovation, a significant milestone in our journey to eliminate all single-use plastic.”

Other UK companies recently shared new plastic-reduction strategies. Read about  Tesco Promises to Remove One Billion Single-Use Plastic Items from its Stores by 2020.

Budweiser also recently committed to reducing plastic in the United Kingdom, Budweiser Spends £6.3M to Phase Out Plastic Rings That Harm Marine Life.

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