Aluminum cans hold a special place in the heart of America: Many of our favorite beverages are found beneath the pull tab or screw top. Coors pioneered the use of aluminum cans in 1959. From this start, there has been a steady growth in sodas, energy drinks, sparkling waters and increasingly, craft brew beers. Aluminum cans are the most sustainable beverage package and are infinitely recyclable. They chill quickly, provide a superior metal canvas to print on and, perhaps most importantly, protect the flavor and integrity of our favorite beverages.
• The most sustainable beverage container
As the most valuable package in the bin, aluminum cans are, by far, the most recycled beverage container. The average can contains 70 percent recycled metal.
• Shipping efficiency: the weight advantage
Aluminum cans are lightweight and easily stacked. This provides storage and shipping efficiencies and limits overall transportation carbon emissions through logistics and supply chains.
• True closed loop recycling
Aluminum cans are recycled over and over again in a true "closed loop" recycling process. Glass and plastic are typically "down-cycled" into products like carpet fiber or landfill liner.
• New markets continue to develop
Nearly 500 craft beer brewers use aluminum to can more than 1,700 different beers. Protection from light and oxygen are two key benefits in addition to the unparalleled sustainability of aluminum packaging.