fitzroy rum recycles coca-cola labels from the north sea into premium spirit packaging

fitzroy rum recycles coca-cola labels from the north sea into premium spirit packaging


fitzroy is giving the term ‘getting wasted’  a whole new meaning with the packaging for their premium rum—made entirely from debris found in the ocean. in january 2017, the levels of pollution in the north sea became apparent to the team at amsterdam-based creative agency fitzroy, as dutch beaches were seen to be littered with trash—and in particular—coca-cola labels. although drinking to forget serious problems isn’t always the answer, fitzroy found a way to turn the consumerism that caused the excess waste into the answer that could get rid of it—by using the rubbish to manufacture the packaging for their premium rum. this way, people could drink, whilst cleaning the ocean at the same time.




fitzroy creative agency decided to take the coca cola wrappers that had been littering the beaches of the dutch north sea islands, recycling and reusing them to create their own special blend. aptly named ‘from waste to wasted,’ the project involved melting and pressing down the labels, to produce statement bottle caps with a marble effect. to craft the bottles, fitzroy took recycled glass from the very same sea, in turn creating the world’s first entirely sustainable liquor packaging.




the distinctive design encourages consumers to hold onto the bottle, and fitzroy decided to wrap the bottle instead of branding it, making it easy for drinkers to repurpose the flask once its contents is gone. intended to be kept as a statement piece of art, each bottle is a unique blend of repurposed materials that can never be reproduced.




taking the name ‘fitzroy’ from the captain of the beagle ship that steered charles darwin on his journey’s of discovery, the beverage pays homage to the world as it was found, and reinforces the need to keep it that way. since the dramatic increase of plastic pollution in the oceans is simply a side effect of the modern way of living, fitzroy’s  initiative shows how our way of consuming can help solve the problem it created. now that’s what we call a message in a bottle.






  • I dont get it, how and why would you only take coca cola wrappings from the north sea? And the glass, you picked it from the ocean floor? Excuse my scepticism.

    Andrew says:
  • Andrew, the article clearly states “to craft the bottles, fitzroy took recycled glass from the very same sea, in turn creating the world’s first entirely sustainable liquor packaging”. So the short answer to your question would be “yes”. Also worth noting this is an initiative from a creative agency, so presumably conceived for its value as a communication / awareness tool, rather than a large scale commercial enterprise. Therefore focusing on a specific type of branded waste makes this message clearer.

    Vincent says:
  • I love this. Great idea. Understandably for better consumer connection they chose Coca Cola lids. The bottle is produced by a larger but sustainable company so not sure why they have stated they created? Regardless I think it’s a brilliant idea and production. Well done!

    Jamie MacDonald says:

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