PepsiCo Inc. announced Aug. 24 that it is eliminating plastic rings on its multipack beverage products in North America. If that sounds familiar, that may be because it's not really that new.
PepsiCo said in its announcement that its switch to paper-based systems for packages of Pepsi, Gatorade, Mountain Dew and other products would be "the first beverage company to commit to a North American roll out of paper-based solutions to replace plastic rings across multipacks that have traditionally used plastic rings." But it follows a 2022 announcement from Molson Coors Beverage Co. that it would eliminate plastic rings in North America by the end of 2025.
In 2020, PepsiCo announced a pilot program to eliminate plastic rings in some markets.
Plastic can rings have been a prominent environmental target since at least the 1980s, when consumers were instructed to carefully cut them apart so birds wouldn't get caught up in them. (Or declare them a lucky talisman if you're a Happy Feet fan.)
Efforts to completely eliminate them have picked up the past few years. In 2018, Danish beer maker Carlsberg Breweries A/S introduced its Snap Pack approach that uses glue on six packs, followed by Molson Coors and now PepsiCo.