Johnnie Walker whiskey to be sold in paper bottles by 2021

Johnnie Walker whiskey to be sold in paper bottles by 2021
A view of Johnnie Walker on display during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival after-party for "Dreamland" hosted by Johnnie Walker at The Mailroom on April 28, 2019, in New York City. The label’s parent company, Diageo announced Monday, July 13, 2020, it intends to provide the spirit in plastic-free bottles beginning in 2021. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for 2019 Tribeca Film Festival)

Johnnie Walker scotch whiskey will soon receive a makeover, and green is all the rage.

Diageo Plc, the world’s largest spirits maker, announced Monday the iconic bar staple will be available in plastic-free bottles beginning in early 2021, Reuters reported.

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The new Johnnie Walker bottle, developed in partnership with venture management company Pilot Lite, will be fully recyclable and crafted from wood pulp that meets food-grade standards, the global news service reported.

According to the BBC, Diageo and Pilot Lite will co-launch a firm called Pulpex to enable the Johnnie Walker trial next spring. The sustainable packaging company will also produce packaging for brands such as Lipton, Unilever and PepsiCo.

Diageo – which also makes Guinness, Tanqueray gin and Smirnoff vodka - confirmed to the BBC it currently uses less than 5% of plastic in its total packaging.

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