Bermuda headquartered Bacardi said they have “extra reason to celebrate this holiday season as it reaches a milestone in its mission to remove 100% of the single-use plastic from its gifting range by the end of 2023.”

A spokesperson said, “From this month, ready for the busy festive period, all new gift packs in the Bacardi portfolio – including Bacardí Reserva Ocho rum, Grey Goose vodka, Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru, Martini vermouth, Patrón tequila and Dewar’s 12 Year Old Blended Scotch whisky – are now 100% plastic-free.

“This significant step will see Bacardi remove almost 275 tons of single-use plastic used annually and has been achieved through innovative new designs that remove plastic or replace it with a sustainably sourced alternative.

“As well as using cardboard certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, the company is also pioneering the use of alternative materials – becoming the first spirits company to use a new biobased, 100% compostable packaging material in its Aberfeldy 12 Year Old ‘Gold Bar’ gift pack. The sustainable material, made from potato starch and cellulose fibers, replaces plastic vacuum packaging.”

“We are committed to being 100% plastic free by 2030 and the removal of plastic from our gift packs is a major milestone on that journey,” said Rodolfo Nervi, Vice President Global Safety, Quality & Sustainability for Bacardi. “For more than 160 years, we have pioneered as a company, and our drive to remove plastic is no exception. We will continue to innovate and explore new sustainable alternative materials to plastic, because it is the right thing to do.”

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