Corona's New Stackable Cans Would Eliminate the Need for Plastic Six-Pack Rings

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Who said recycling couldn’t be fun? Corona is currently rolling out new stackable cans that would do away with the need for plastic six-pack rings and allow consumers to use their empty cans sort of like LEGO bricks. The packaging is the brainchild of the beer company and Leo Burnett, the advertising masterminds behind icons such as the Jolly Green Giant and Charlie the Tuna.

"We designed a stackable system that screws up to 10 cans together, using only their own design, without the need for additional material," Federico Russi, CCO of Leo Burnett Mexico City, said.

The Takeout reports that the brand developed lockable teeth located at the top and bottom of each can, allowing for the cans to easily stack on top of each other in a system they've deemed Fit Packs. More importantly, the design eliminates the need for plastic six-pack rings, which have long posed a serious threat to the environment and marine life in particular.

This isn’t Corona’s first foray into environmentally-friendly packaging: The beermaker previously explored using biodegradable six-pack holders comprised of organic materials that would both decompose quickly and not pose a threat to curious animals that attempted to eat them.

Corona is not the only beermaker to consider abandoning plastic: In April, Diageo—the parent company of Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick's beer—announced that it would start phasing out plastic packaging this summer.

It’s been a long-documented fact that plastic packaging poses a major threat to the environment. Officials have spoken out about the negative environmental impact of domestic waste, citing how some areas of the ocean have "[become] demonstrably contaminated with high concentrations of harmful pollutants including heavy metals, inorganic nutrients, and chlorinated petrochemicals," according to the U.N. Environmental Protection Agency. As a result, food and drink producers have made a push to do away with packaging materials that could pose a threat to the planet and the animals that inhabit it.

“In the beverage industry, there have been many solutions for cutting back the use of plastic,” Carlos Ranero, the global vice president of consumer connections at Anheuser-Busch InBev, said. “However, none have been fully adopted because they require the use of other materials. This solution has a very simple approach that can bring great financial benefits thanks to the complete removal of plastic materials.”

The Fit Packs are currently only available in Mexico, although Yahoo! Lifestyle reports that the design will be rolled out worldwide if they prove successful.

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

Funko Pop!/Amazon

Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Thank Your Pals for Being a Friend With The Golden Girls Shot Glasses

The Golden Girls, now in shot glass form.
The Golden Girls, now in shot glass form.
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Few sitcoms can match the enduring appeal of The Golden Girls, the 1985-1992 series that chronicled the lives of four Miami women (Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty) enjoying their third acts in life.

If you can’t get enough of the ladies and their sharp banter, now you can make them part of your drinking habits. A set of four shot glasses from Toynk Toys ($22) is the perfect way to keep them within arm’s reach.

All four members of the cast are pictured on the glasses.Amazon

The glasses, which hold two ounces each, are emblazoned with the likenesses of Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia. Use them for a drinking game, for a Golden Girls binge-watching session, or any other group gathering.

The set is $22 and can be found on Amazon and Toynk.

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