September 11-15, 2017
Category: Packaging

Bacardi Bottles Are Lighter, Adding To Sustainability Goals

Just as the making of Bacardi rum is an exacting science, so is the crafting of every bottle bearing the iconic bat logo and prestigious Bacardí family name. Bottles for each distinctive brand are crafted for beauty and environmental efficiency.

One example is the bottle for Bacardi Classic Cocktails, which weighs 30 percent less than it did just a few years ago. That makes shipping more streamlined, resulting in lower CO2 emissions.

Another standout is the Bacardi rum bottle used for the entire line of party drinks, made of 100 percent recyclable PET. It also requires less energy to produce than glass, lowers transportation costs and fuel emissions – and importantly, is safer than traditional glass for on-the-go venues.

“Since glass should not be used around the pool, on a boat or at many public events, we redesigned the Bacardi Party Drinks packaging and were able to reduce the weight by 90 percent using PET,” explains Roger Van Dusen, Manager of Global Packaging Development for Bacardi.

Since 2006, Bacardi has reduced the weight of its entire brand portfolio packaging by more than 7 percent. The weight reduction is equivalent to taking 1,100 full truckloads off the road, a significant reduction in the Bacardi carbon footprint.

“Sustainability is truly a part of the Bacardi DNA, embedded way back from our founding in Cuba,” adds Van Dusen. “The passion we have is a driving force for our environmental efforts to this day to return to the environment at least as much as we take away. We’re setting sustainability standards for others in the spirits industry to follow.”

Building on current programs and efficiencies that reduce environmental impacts, the Bacardi Limited “Good Spirited” global sustainability program sets specific goals in three areas to help the Company reach its vision of a net zero environmental impact:

Responsible Sourcing: Bacardi strives to obtain all raw materials and packaging from sustainably sourced, renewable or recycled materials while maintaining or enhancing the economic status of growers and suppliers. By 2017, the goal is to obtain 40 percent of the sugarcane-derived products used to make Bacardi rum from certified, sustainable sources, and 100 percent by 2022.

Global Packaging: Bacardi commits to use eco-design to craft sustainability into its brand packaging and point-of-sale materials. By 2017, Bacardi plans to reduce the weight of its packaging by 10 percent and achieve 15 percent by 2022.

Operational Efficiencies: Bacardi continues to focus on reducing water use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with a 2017 goal to cut water use by 55 percent and GHG emissions by 50 percent. In addition, Bacardi aims to eliminate landfill waste at all of its production sites by 2022.


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