Building off the movement to reduce the use of plastic straws, the next frontier in environmentally-conscious packaging is the lowly six-pack ring. While many of these fasteners are, in fact, recyclable, only a tiny fraction of them stay out of the landfill.’

Corona beer is the first major brand to switch to biodegradable can holders, piloting the packaging in Mexico this year. Instead of relying on people to recycle they have taken the initiative to go plastic-free as part of their corporate environmental commitment. Other companies such as Carlsberg from Denmark and Florida’s SaltWater Brewery are experimenting with other glue or even edible options to hold the cans together in a pack.

While many people don’t even think about the six-pack ring or the impact they have on the environment, the new holders are estimated to save 1300 tons of plastic/year for SaltWater Brewery alone. With this kind of impact for a microbrewery, think of the difference it would make if Anheuser-Busch made the switch.

Everything about environmental stewardship relies on small, positive steps made repeatedly by many. How can your organization experiment with making a minor change in its packaging or processes to make a contribution to global health?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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