Bacardi in fight against plastics
Bacardi Limited, the Bermudian-based global spirits company, is continuing its fight to eliminate single-use plastic.
The family-owned drinks giant said it has partnered with the Beyond Plastic Bermuda campaign, a collaboration between Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce and Keep Bermuda Beautiful, to educate the community about the dangers of plastic pollution and encourage actions to reduce single-use plastic on the island.
“At Bacardi, we are committed to leading positive change, both within our business and within our communities,” says Douglas Mello, managing director of Bacardi’s Bermuda office.
“Our collaboration with Beyond Plastic Bermuda is another step in our fight against single-use plastic and we hope to inspire our community to choose reusable and sustainable options.”
Through a series of events and calls to action in Bermuda, Bacardi and Beyond Plastic will encourage consumers, customers, and all those looking to make an impact to amplify their efforts using #SNTSUP (Say No to Single-Use Plastic).
As part of the partnership with Beyond Plastic, Bacardi is conducting a plastic audit of its Bermuda offices and its distributor partners to identify ways to further reduce plastic use.
Bacardi will also cohost workshops with bars and restaurants to offer alternatives to single-use plastic.
“The boards of Best and KBB are extremely grateful to Bacardi for their ‘Champions for Change’ partnership in support of the Beyond Plastic Campaign,” says Katie Berry, a spokeswoman for Beyond Plastic.
“Together, we aim to break the plastic wave and support Bermuda's first steps towards creating a toxic-free circular economy, which starts with you making a choice to ‘Say No To Single-Use Plastic’.”
In 2016, Bacardi said, it was the first global spirits company to eliminate single-use plastic straws, first internally and then at festivals and events.
More recently, the company announced plans to put a 100 per cent biodegradable bottle on shelves by 2023, replacing 80 million plastic bottles equivalent to 3,000 tons of plastic annually.
Bacardi also announced plans to eliminate all single-use plastic in secondary packaging and point of sale material by 2023 as well as being 100 per cent plastic free by 2030.