TENNENT’S has announced that it will end the use of single-use plastic in its packaging by 2021 as part of a £14.23 million sustainability drive.
From next spring, the brand’s large canned packs will use cardboard packaging instead of the traditional hi-cone rings and shrink-wrap. Smaller packs will follow later in the year with a further pledge to be out of all plastic by 2025.
Tennent’s also joined the likes of Tesco, Unilever and Coca-Cola in joining the UK Plastics Pact – a collaborative initiative that brings businesses and government together in a bid to keep plastic in the economy and out of the environment.
A water treatment plant has also been put in operation at Tennent’s Wellpark home, allowing for on-site treatment of wastewater generated as a by-product of brewing. While educational climate change seminars will be hosted by the drinks producer in collaborate with the 2050 Climate Group.
Martin Doogan, group engineering manager at C&C, Tennent’s parent company, said, “As Scotland’s oldest surviving business, and one of its best-loved, we take our responsibility to do the right thing very seriously.
“Sustainability is a core part of our brand and today marks a significant step-change in our plans. We’ve leveraged our scale and influence, our passion for innovation and our network of contacts to ensure that we act decisively against climate change, without delay.
“It’s a leap in the right direction – but we’re not complacent and we’re not finished. We will continue to seek out ways to minimise our environmental impact across our entire business, from our transport fleet, to international deliveries. Our commitment is to lasting environmental change; in our company, in our industry and beyond.”
Michael Mackenzie, trustee of the of 2050 Climate Group, said, “We are thrilled to be working with Tennent’s on our ‘A Pint and a Plan’ workshops. These are a novel way to grab people’s attention and to encourage them to take tangible action on climate change. We can’t wait to get started.”