Diageo trials low carbon glass whisky bottles

Spirits and beer company Diageo has collaborated in a successful pilot project to pioneer the lowest carbon footprint glass bottles ever produced for a Scotch whisky brand. The partnership with glass manufacturer Encirc and industry research and technology body Glass Futures used waste-based biofuel-powered furnaces to reduce the carbon footprint of the bottle-making process by up to 90%. The trial involved 173,000 bottles of its Black & White brand, using 100% recycled glass. The company said further work is now needed to develop and scale the trial, but it represents a significant step forward in its drive to transform the sustainability of its grain-to-glass supply chain.

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