Bacardi is cutting approximately 140 tons of single-use plastic annually, by removing plastic pourers from its bottles in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Spain and Portugal.

The plastic Non-Refillable Fitment (NRF) is commonplace throughout the spirits industry and is currently found in the neck of a number of the company’s iconic drink brands including: BACARDÍ® rum, MARTINI® Fiero, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin and DEWAR’S® White Label blended Scotch whisky.

The removal has already begun, and by early next year, all 1.75L bottles of BACARDÍ rum – including Superior, Gold and Coconut – in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico will no longer contain the plastic pourer, cutting 76 tons of plastic annually.

In Spain and Portugal, the plastic pourer will be removed from all brands in the Bacardi portfolio over the next six months.

Bacardi is reviewing the way it is currently using plastic and exploring whether it can be removed or replaced with a more sustainable alternative. A major milestone will be reached in 2023, when the company will remove all single-use plastic from its gift packs and point-of-sale materials.