Carlsberg Is Ditching Plastic Rings by Gluing Its Six-Packs Together

Carlsberg
Carlsberg

The humble six-pack is an environmental nightmare. Those familiar plastic rings are notorious for the danger they pose to marine wildlife, as animals often get ensnared in them, starving to death when they get their mouths caught. While the common solution is to ask consumers to cut up the rings before placing them in the trash, that’s only a stop-gap measure. Now, Carlsberg has come up with a new plan to rid the world of plastic rings altogether. According to The Telegraph, the Copenhagen-based beer producer has come up with a glued six-pack design that keeps beers together without adding extra plastic.

The Snap Pack design keeps beer cans together with dots of glue. The bonds are strong enough to withstand the jostling of transport, but not so strong that you can’t break them apart. (Unlike the thicker plastic holders used by craft beer companies, which can be a nightmare to use.) The design took three years to perfect.

Previously, a Florida-based brewery called Saltwater created an edible, compostable set of six-pack rings designed to make drinking beer a bit more dolphin-safe, but this eliminates the rings entirely. Considering that Carlsberg is one of the world’s top beer producers, the environmental benefit is pretty dramatic. The company estimates that the glued packs will reduce the amount of plastic used in traditional multi-packs of beer by more than 75 percent, saving around 1322 tons of plastic every year.

The Snap Packs will make their debut in the U.K. in September 2018, before being rolled out to the rest of Europe and the world.

[h/t The Telegraph]

The "World's Cleanest Garbage Can" Won't Stink Up Your Kitchen

Canbi
Canbi

Modern living has removed a lot of the sights and smells that people find unpleasant. Exhaust fans sweep away cooking odors. Toilets make waste vanish in seconds. But there's still the dreaded plume of stinking garbage that wafts up every time you open the kitchen trash can.

Enter Canbi, a sharp-looking and cleverly engineered kitchen garbage can designed to both reduce odors and improve the entire waste disposal process. The product, which is currently being funded on Kickstarter, uses an environmentally-friendly deodorizer that utilizes baking soda and activated charcoal to reduce smells coming from the can. It also features a "nesting" liner system that keeps bags from collapsing into the opening and eliminates the chore of fumbling with new bags. Pull one out for disposal, and another is already lining the can. The latex liners are also biodegradable, reducing your reliance on plastic bags that clog landfills.

The large and small sizes of the Canbi garbage can are pictured
Canbi

Canbi is designed to be flaunted, not hidden. Unlike most trash receptacles that are made to be stuffed under the sink or behind a cupboard, the sleek can, which comes in two different sizes, is made to be proudly displayed in your kitchen. The customizable accent rings come in three styles—gold, platinum, and rose gold—so that you can match your can to your favored kitchen aesthetic.

Buy it on Kickstarter. The 3-gallon can is available at the $29 donation level, while the 12-gallon version starts at $52. A 25-pack of replacement liners will be available on Canbi's website for roughly $7.49. Replacement deodorizers, which last three months, will run about $3.75. The trash cans are expected to ship in July.

Oscar Isaac Responds to Rumors He's Being Considered for Next Batman

Noam Galai, Getty Images
Noam Galai, Getty Images

Ever since Ben Affleck officially vacated the role of Batman, fans have been desperate to find out who will next be handed the keys to the Batmobile. The Caped Crusader has been rebooted many times and reincarnated by eight different actors in the past 75-plus years. Now it’s about to happen again with Matt Reeves’s new film, The Batman. Ever since Armie Hammer denied that he had any involvement with the project, fans have made Oscar Isaac their next superhero target.

Instead of beating around the bush, Isaac has responded to the rumors directly in a new interview with Metro, where he shut down all the current talk. "I have only read it online like everyone else," he said of the persistent headlines. "I haven’t had any conversations about Batman, unfortunately, but I am sure it is going to be great. Matt Reeves is such a great director."

While Isaac was presumably being honest in saying he hasn’t had any talks about taking over the superhero role, he also seemed to hint that he wouldn't be opposed to the idea when he added that, "Yeah, [Reeves] can get my number.”

Even if Isaac did want to become the next Dark Knight, it's difficult to see how he could make the time for such a massive commitment in his already jam-packed schedule. His biggest project this year is, of course, Star Wars: Episode IX, which is followed by an animated version of The Addams Family, out later this year, and Dune, which is currently filming.

The Batman is believed to explore a younger version of Batman and will reportedly be set during the 1990s. Filming is scheduled to begin in December, so it shouldn't be long until we hear who'll be taking on the role of Bruce Wayne next.

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