· By Dylan Hayes
Cheers to a Sustainable Future > Why We Use Cans
On July 12, 2022, Oceanographer Dr Dawn Wright and Explorer Victor Vescovo travelled to Challenger Deep – the ocean’s deepest point at 10,919 metres below sea level. Not long after touching down, they were surprised to see a beer bottle on the ocean floor.
Dawn shared the image on Twitter, writing “This is further evidence that we MUST as humanity do BETTER by the ocean and the habitats that we ourselves share and ultimately depend on. There is no Planet B!”. Victor shared video of the discovery, writing “Tragic. Glass doesn’t decompose in the ocean, so please, please don’t throw bottles into the sea. It will be there for a *very* long time.”
At Two Tribes, we are constantly looking for ways to reduce our impact on the environment to make our products as sustainable as possible. One of the ways we have achieved this is by using cans instead of bottles for our beer.
There are several reasons why cans are better for the environment than bottles. First, cans are much lighter and take up less space than bottles – which means they require less energy to transport. This not only reduces emissions from transportation, but it also means that more cans be transported at once, reducing the number of trips required to move the same amount of beer.
Cans are made from aluminium, which is a much more easily recyclable material than glass. Glass bottles can only be recycled a few times before they lose their structural integrity and need to be taken to landfill. Aluminium cans can be recycled indefinitely without loss of quality. The recycling process for aluminium means that a can that is recycled today could be back on the shelves in as little as 60 days. 75% of all aluminium ever made is still in production today.
Cans are also a better option for beer lovers. Cans are airtight, which means that the beer inside is protected from light and air that can both cause the beer to spoil. Additionally, cans are much easier to take on outdoor activities like camping or music festivals – they are lighter and more durable, and don’t break like glass bottles do.
Here at Two Tribes, we are committed to doing our part to protect our planet. That’s why we choose to package our beer in cans instead of bottles. Not only will you be enjoying a delicious beer – you’ll be making a sustainable choice that will help protect the planet for future generations. Cheers to that!
Read more about our efforts to operate more sustainably in our January update, here.