In Europe, aluminium and steel are used as materials for beverage cans.  Cans have undergone considerable lightweighting programmes in recent years and today are more than 40% lighter than they were in 1970. 

Forty years ago a can weighed around 80 grams, today a 330ml steel can weighs around 21 grams and an aluminium can may weigh as little as 10 grams.  As a result the industry can produce almost three times as many cans using the same amount of metal as 30 years ago.

Packaging and non-alcoholic beverages

Non-alcoholic beverages are packaged in a variety of formats: Glass, cans, cartons and plastic bottles known as PET.  They are also available in a wide variety of sizes.

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