Yes we can: aluminium takes on plastic in global water fight

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Yes we can: aluminium takes on plastic in global water fight

Under-pressure companies shift focus to cans, but there is another pesky carbon footprint problem

Eric Onstad

Global bottled water giants are ramping up trials of easily recyclable aluminium cans to replace plastic that pollutes the world’s seas. Sound like a slam-dunk for the environment? Not entirely.

Aluminium cans might indeed mean less ocean waste, but they come with their own eco-price: the production of each can pumps about twice as much carbon into the atmosphere as each plastic bottle.

French group Danone has become the latest company to make a move, saying it had started to replace some plastic bottles with aluminium cans for local water brands in Britain, Poland and Denmark...

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