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.

Take Advantage of Amazon's Early Black Friday Deals on Tech, Kitchen Appliances, and More

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Even though Black Friday is still a few days away, Amazon is offering early deals on kitchen appliances, tech, video games, and plenty more. We will keep updating this page as sales come in, but for now, here are the best Amazon Black Friday sales to check out.

Kitchen

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- Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-115 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker; $90 (save $40) 

- Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Sauteuse 3.5 Quarts; $180 (save $120)

- KitchenAid KSMSFTA Sifter with Scale Attachment; $95 (save $75) 

- Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker; $60 (save $20)

- Cuisinart Bread Maker; $88 (save $97)

Home Appliances

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- iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity; $179 (save $101)

- Fairywill Electric Toothbrush with Four Brush Heads; $19 (save $9)

- ASAKUKI 500ml Premium Essential Oil Diffuser; $22 (save $4)

- Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling 10 inch Touch Screen Display with Alexa; $129 (save $50)

- Bissell air320 Smart Air Purifier with HEPA and Carbon Filters; $280 (save $50)

Video games

Nintendo

- Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

- Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $20)

- Marvel's Avengers; $27 (save $33)

- Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition for Nintendo Switch; $20 (save $10)

- The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4; $30 (save $30)

- LEGO Harry Potter: Collection; $15 (save $15)

- Ghost of Tsushima; $40 (save $20)

Computers and tablets

Microsoft/Amazon

- Apple MacBook Air 13 inches with 256 GB; $899 (save $100)

- New Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches with 512 GB; $2149 (save $250) 

- Samsung Chromebook 4 Chrome OS 11.6 inches with 32 GB; $210 (save $20) 

- Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 with 13.5 inch Touch-Screen; $1200 (save $400)

- Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop; $889 (save $111)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet (64GB); $120 (save $70)

Tech, gadgets, and TVs

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- Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS; $179 (save $20) 

- SAMSUNG 75-inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $998 (save $200)

- Apple AirPods Pro; $199 (save $50)

- Nixplay 2K Smart Digital Picture Frame 9.7 Inch Silver; $238 (save $92)

- All-New Amazon Echo Dot with Clock and Alexa(4th Gen); $39 (save $21)

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Get 70 Percent Off 15 Bottles of Wine From Around the World During This Black Friday Sale

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If you or a loved one always wants to try a new bottle of wine from around the globe, you can ensure there's always something fresh and exciting to drink at home with a delivery from Wine Insiders.

The vino pros over at Wine Insiders taste and collect the best selections from top wineries around the world and deliver them to your door in a convenient pack of 15 bottles. You won’t have to stand in the wine aisle at your local market for 20 minutes reading labels and googling grapes anymore; the pack arrives at your door within days of ordering it and is carefully curated to ensure every bottle is high quality.

The folks at BuzzFeed, Business Insider, Forbes, Refinery29, and Cosmopolitan have already applauded the top-rated mix of radiant whites and easy-drinking reds from Wine Insiders, and that high praise earned the 15-bottle pack a hefty price tag. But for a limited time, you can get your thirsty hands on the 15-pack valued at $300 for just $85, marking the price down by 71 percent. That’s a limited Black Friday value that averages less than $6 per bottle, making it an excellent purchase for your holiday shopping list of 15 friends, or a totally appropriate price to spend on your own wine stash.

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