Bacardi Unveils Biodegradable Bottles Made From Plant-based Material

Biodegradable products manufacturer Danimer Scientific has partnered with Bacardi to create a bottle made using natural oils derived from seeds including palm, canola and soy.

The plant polymer-based bottle will biodegrade after 18 months without leaving behind microplastics. A traditional plastic bottle can take up to 400 years to decompose. The move will replace 80 million plastic bottles used by the firm every year.

Ned Duggan, senior vice president of Bacardi rum, said: “Over our 158-year history, Bacardi has always believed in respecting the world’s natural resources and acting responsibly, from the sustainable sourcing of our sugarcane to the water and energy used to make our rum. We’re now excited to be pioneering this new biopolymer technology for the benefit of all Bacardi brands and the entire spirits industry.”

Bacardi rum will be the first spirit to appear in the new bottle, before the plant-based material is rolled out to replace single-use plastic across brands including Bombay Sapphire, Grey Goose vodka, Patrón Tequila and Dewar’s Scotch whisky.

The Bacardi packaging development team will also use the new bio-plastic to replace the plastic lining of bottle closures.