A company called Graphic Packaging International has developed KeelClip, a paperboard-based carrier for six-packs of cans. Meant to replace plastic rings and shrink wrap, it's recyclable, provides a little extra room for graphics, and "offers consumers enhanced hygiene, as the can tops are protected."
One Coca-Cola bottler, Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages, has transitioned their 7.5-oz min cans to the new format. Coke drinkers in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia and Delaware markets will soon see the new packaging. Liberty says the KeelClip changeover "will remove 75,000 pounds of plastic packaging per year from the supply chain for approximately 3.1 million cases."
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