Brewers unveil lighter glass bottles

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Brewers unveil lighter glass bottles
Five brewers have adopted lighter glass bottles in a bid to help combat climate change. Marston's, Miller, Scottish & Newcastle, Well's &...

Five brewers have adopted lighter glass bottles in a bid to help combat climate change.

Marston's, Miller, Scottish & Newcastle, Well's & Young's and Frederic Robinson's have switched to lighter glass in response to consumer demand for more environmentally friendly packaging.

The brewers worked with WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) and GTS (Glass Technology Services) to make the switch.

The combined efforts of the five brewers has saved 3,800 tonnes of glass and 2,515 tonnes of CO2 - the equivalent of taking more than 800 cars off the road.

Products which have made the switch include;

• SABMiller has reduced the weight of its 330ml bottle for Miller Genuine Draft by 8%.

• Scottish & Newcastle introduced a new lighter weight bottle for its Strongbow and Strongbow Sirrus cider, reducing the weight by 14%

• Marston's has introduced a new 500ml bottle across its whole range. The new bottle is 22% lighter than its predecessor.

• Wells & Young's has taken 21% out of its 660ml Cobra bottle.

• Frederic Robinson's has taken 24% out of its 500ml bottle used for Robinson's own beers plus others from the Black Sheep Brewery and Broughton Ales. This bottle now matches the lightest 500ml bottle used in the UK.

The new bottles come hot on the heels of previous efforts by Grolsch and Adnams.

"It is very encouraging to see so many major lager, ale and cider brands redesigning their bottles in-line with changing consumer and industry expectations,"​ said WRAP's head of retail programmes Andy Dawe.

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