Beginning September 10th at some Tescos in the UK, with Norway up next, Danish brewing megabrand Carlsberg will be replacing plastic can-holding rings with recyclable glue. According to Carlsberg, the glue can be recycled alongside cans and could reduce plastic by up to 76%. The glue is said to “snap” when cans are pulled apart and is designed to withstand the trials of transportation, heating, and cooling.
If this adhesive innovation proves economically and practically viable, other companies would be inclined to follow suit. While Carlsberg claims the glue is recyclable, could the costs of processing and recycling the glue make it practically infeasible? Furthermore, could the process of manufacturing and recycling the adhesive have unforeseen environmental impacts?
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