Cascade Brewery has announced it is discontinuing the use of plastic six-pack ring packaging on cans.
The Cascade Brewery is the first in Carlton & United Breweries’ (CUB) stable to stop using plastic rings on six-packs, ahead of the same change being made in other breweries over the next 12 months.
The company noted in a statement: "We know that the plastic six-pack ring packaging has a damaging effect on wildlife and the environment and we’re pleased to have recently finalized the installation of new equipment at our Cascade Brewery allowing us to package our cans only in cardboard, without using plastic.
"It’s a great outcome for the Tasmanian environment and demonstrates our continued commitment to sustainability in Tasmania and beyond."
Currently, more than 1 million plastic six-pack ring packages leave the Cascade Brewery each year. The new cardboard packaging will come into the Tasmanian market over the next couple of months.
Earlier this year CUB announced its 2025 Sustainability Goals, which included a commitment that 100% of its products will be in packaging that is returnable or made from majority recycled content by 2025.
"We believe the responsibility for our product extends well after the last mouthful of beer has been drunk," the company said.